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Exclusive – Former Manchester City defender hails ‘complete player’ Kevin De Bruyne

first_imgFormer Manchester City defender Danny Mills has hailed summer signing Kevin De Bruyne as ‘a complete player’, as the Belgian star prepares to fill the shoes of injured Blues favourite David Silva.Spanish midfield maestro Silva missed the weekend’s Premier League victory over Bournemouth and will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Sevilla after picking up an ankle injury during the international break.It’s not the only injury concern for City, with star striker Sergio Aguero suffering a hamstring problem on duty for Argentina, while there are also question marks over the fitness of club captain Vincent Kompany.But ex-England international Mills believes manager Manuel Pellegrini needn’t worry.Raheem Sterling impressed with a fine hat-trick against the Cherries, with stand-in striker Wilfried Bony netting the other two in a 5-1 win.But it is 24-year-old playmaker De Bruyne, who has four goals and four assists in six City games since his big-money summer move from Wolfsburg, who has impressed Mills most.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The big worry for City is that David Silva is out and Sergio Aguero is out“But Raheem Sterling has finally stepped up to the plate this season and Wilfried Bony has hit a bit of form at the right time, so City have to take great heart from that.“But one player I think has done exceptionally well is Kevin de Bruyne.“He’s come in and looks the complete player. £50million, or whatever City payed for him, while I won’t say he’s a bargain, it does look decent value for money.“He’s a great replacement for Silva, too, he’s got everything.”City take on Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night in the first of a double header against last season’s Europa League champions.And, with the two clubs currently tied at second place in Group D with three points apiece, six points would surely see City on their way to the knock-out stages.Mills added: “After the form they showed at the weekend [a 5-1 victory over Bournemouth], we know they can attack. Ok, it was against Bournemouth, but it should give them great confidence.“They can score goals and if City win this first game against Sevilla, it should give them confidence to win the next one and should go through in second place in their group.”last_img read more