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'Magic' De Bruyne earns compatriot's praise

MAIN MAN: Kevin De Bruyne has been praised by Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

MAIN MAN: Kevin De Bruyne has been praised by Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane are singled out for praise in Monday morning’s Media Watch.

The midfield duo have taken the plaudits after Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea, while there’s also a spot of transfer speculation on the back pages, today.

De Bruyne has earned the compliments of countryman Eden Hazard, who has revealed he voted for City’s No.17 as PFA Player of the Year.

The Chelsea playmaker told The Mirror: "Kevin has got everything. He defends, crosses the ball, assists and scores goals in big games. For me, he is the best this season. He's fantastic.

"He's clever on and off the pitch. He's in full confidence as he's playing in the best team in the Premier League this year.

"When he's on the pitch with good players, he's one of the best in the world. Every time he has the ball at his feet he can do something magic.

"He doesn't score a lot of goals but he can create something with just one movement or pass. It's simple, he's a special player.”

SQUAD GOALS: City celebrate together after Bernardo Silva's second half goal.



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ESPN have chosen to focus their attentions on Sane, who they suggest has the ‘X-Factor’ after a remarkable week of performances from the young German.

Mark Ogden writes: “The Germany winger was exceptional again against Chelsea, just days after tearing Arsenal apart in the 3-0 Premier League win at the Emirates.

“He has incredible pace, balletic balance and trickery and possesses the qualities of a young Ryan Giggs or Gareth Bale.

“The son of a former footballer and athlete, Sane is clearly blessed with the sporting genes of his parents and he has taken his game to another level this season, scoring 12 times already for Guardiola's team.”

Meanwhile, Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon is the latest player to be linked with a move to the Etihad, though according to The Sun, City have competition for his signature.

Mike McGrath suggests: “Pep Guardiola is set to join the race for teenage Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon.

“Tottenham and Manchester United were leading the chase for the 17-year-old after his stunning Championship form.

“But City will compete for the teenager, who is set to cost more than £40million, as they do not want to miss out on one of the hottest properties in Europe.”

Men's Team

Pep: Consistency is key

HAPPY MANAGER: Pep Guardiola celebrates Bernardo's goal.

Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester City will not lose focus in the title run-in and won't be deflected by talk of breaking the Premier League record points total.

Pep Guardiola says that his side will take each game as it comes as the Premier League title race nears its conclusion.

Men's Team

Silva savours huge three points

SKIPPER: David Silva wore the captain's armband against Chelsea.

David Silva said Manchester City's 1-0 win over Chelsea felt like a hugely significant result with the Blues taking another crucial step towards the Premier League title.

City's Spanish midfield maestro hails importance of crucial victory against Chelsea

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A grind out victory at the Etihad