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TOP OF THE PILE: City's fellow Premier League title chasers have been impressed with the Blues' form.

TOP OF THE PILE: City's fellow Premier League title chasers have been impressed with the Blues' form.

Managers and players from across the Premier League have been keen to praise Manchester City's current form in Monday's Media Watch.

Chelsea's Antonio Conte is on the list of those to express their admiration, as is Leicester City midfielder, Marc Albrighton and there's also a spot of transfer gossip as some media outlets look ahead to the January transfer window.

Kevin De Bruyne has also been talking the press and that's where we start this morning, with the Belgian playmaker telling journalists he is a big fan and a firm believer in the style of play City have adopted under Pep Guardiola.

Goal have the quotes, in which De Bruyne says: "It's about how the team plays and the way that the team is playing makes it easier for me.

"Obviously I think it is a type of football that is good for me as a player individually, but I think also — the way that the team is playing — it just makes it easier for everybody.

"Everybody knows what they need to do and everybody has their own quality."

Such is the quality of the Blues' current form, Stamford Bridge boss, Conte, believes it could be too late for the rest of the league to claw back the eight point deficit.

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He told The Mirror: "Now it is very difficult to think someone can stop them. It doesn’t depend just on us. They are playing very well and they are having fantastic results.

"They are having a fantastic run because they have won every game apart from a draw against Everton.”

And Albrighton is certainly in agreement. The 2016 title winner has explained the challenges posed by this City side, who beat the Foxes 2-0 at the weekend.

Speaking to the Daily Star after the game, he said: "It feels like they have an extra player all over the pitch

“It’s difficult to play against, it really is. If there’s a team out there that will beat them to the title this season I’ll be very shocked.”

We finish today's round-up with some transfer gossip, which comes as The Mirror claim City have joined the race for Schalke midfielder, Leon Goretzka.

Simon Mullock reports: "Manchester City are looking to land rising German star Leon Goretzka for free.

"The Schalke midfielder, 22, is out of contract at the end of the season and has already attracted interest from Bayern Munich, Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

"Goretzka can play as a defensive midfielder, but it’s his ability to play in a variety of positions that impresses manager Pep Guardiola."

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