Mens Team

De Bruyne helping Ake to settle

Kevin De Bruyne has been in contact with Nathan Ake since the defender sealed his move from Bournemouth as he looks to forge a connection with Manchester City’s summer signing.

Ake is yet to join up with his new team-mates due to his inclusion in the Netherlands squad for the UEFA Nations League games, but De Bruyne has been more than happy to lend a helping hand as he prepares for the new chapter in his career.

Having played together at Chelsea, the pair are familiar with each other and the Belgian playmaker believes the new recruit is ready to be a success at the Etihad Stadium.

“He has been doing really well,” said the newly crowned PFA Player of the Year.

“He was the main guy at Bournemouth and he played all the time and built up a good reputation. I think he can do really well.


“I have already reached out and he to me for houses. I can help him a little bit. I think because we can speak the same language it will be easier to get a connection between us.”

De Bruyne also admitted that whilst he has not seen quite as much of Ferran Torres, he has no doubt the youngster’s addition will benefit Pep Guardiola’s squad.

“I’ve not watched a lot of him,” he added. “But to be honest, everybody who comes here has a good enough level to do well.”

On a personal level De Bruyne enjoyed an exceptional 2019/20 as he scooped the Premier League Player of the Season award in addition to the prestigious PFA prize.

However, City will be determined to improve on a campaign which saw them finish a distant second to Liverpool and for the 29-year-old the formula for success is simple.

“Make less mistakes,” he said to echo Guardiola’s calls for more consistency.

But while De Bruyne is seeking an improvement, he does not believe last season’s campaign is indicative of how City will fare in 2020/21.

“A few years ago Liverpool were behind so many points and then it got closer,” he said.

“It can change so quickly and I don’t think you can ever base a season on points difference.

“A lot of the time this year we played good enough, but we didn’t capitalise on their mistakes and we made a few mistakes too many and the other teams got goals out of it and points.

“That’s the difference. I don’t think a lot has changed from the years before, but if you make too many mistakes then you lose too many points.”