• Manchester City have signed playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg 
  • The deal for the 24-year-old is a club-record transfer, worth £52million 
  • De Bruyne joined Chelsea in 2012, but moved to Wolfsburg in 2014
  • He underwent a medical in Manchester on Saturday ahead of the move
  • De Bruyne has signed a six-year contract at the Etihad Stadium
  • It’s not too late to join the new MailOnline Fantasy Football game 

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Manchester City have announced the signing of former Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg in a deal worth £52million.

The 24-year-old Belgium star, who spent two years at Stamford Bridge before heading to the Bundesliga in 2014, underwent a medical on Saturday ahead of his big-money move back to the Premier League.

De Bruyne joins the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph as a new recruit at the Etihad in what has been a big summer of spending for Manchester City.

Manchester City have announced the signing of former Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg

De Bruyne (right) sits alongside City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain in a picture posted to Twitter

The 24-year-old will wear the No 17 shirt for the Premier League outfit this season

The 24-year-old will wear the No 17 shirt for the Premier League outfit this season

The club's record signing will be expecting to become a mainstay in Manuel Pellegrini's side now he's joined

The club’s record signing will be expecting to become a mainstay in Manuel Pellegrini’s side now he’s joined

The Belgium international gives the thumbs up to the camera as he sits on the medical bench

The Belgium international gives the thumbs up to the camera as he sits on the medical bench

Speaking to the club’s official site following confirmation of his six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, De Bruyne said: ‘I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles.

‘I think this is the most important for the Club, the players and for the fans of course.’

De Bruyne sat down with City TV to speak at length about his move, labelling the Premier League ‘the best in the world’ and remembering his time in Germany fondly.

He said: ‘I think in the last few weeks there was a lot of press, also in Germany. I kept on playing and training, I stayed professional at Wolfsburg and we were just waiting until everything was falling into place.

‘Now I can just play football again and all the stuff, it stays in your head and it’s not that easy to be at 100 per cent.

‘I think the Premier League is probably the best league in the world, and afterwards it would probably be Germany. I think in Germany I had a great time, a successful one-and-a-half years and we won some titles. Now it’s a new chance to be better as a player and hopefully I can do good.’

De Bruyne has left Wolfsburg to join Manchester City in a club-record deal worth £52million

De Bruyne has left Wolfsburg to join Manchester City in a club-record deal worth £52million

De Bruyne spent two years at Chelsea, but failed to nail down a first team place at Stamford Bridge

De Bruyne spent two years at Chelsea, but failed to nail down a first team place at Stamford Bridge

There has been some conjecture in the past over what De Bruyne’s best position is, and City’s new man was quick to point out he is not tying himself down to one particular spot.

He continued: ‘I’ve played already in such different positions, so I’m familiar with it. Personally, I think my best position is attacking midfield… but I’m not focused on one position.

‘I think [competition for places] is something I need in my career… A few years ago I was a young player and I just wanted to play. When I came to Wolfsburg, I needed to fight my way into the team and I still kept on fighting and playing. I just want to win, and I want to keep on winning.’

And that will be music to the ears of City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who also gave his thoughts to the club’s official website on Sunday, praising his new recruit and describing his happiness at getting the deal over the line. 

De Bruyne holds the trophy for the Bundesliga's 'Player of the Year', as voted for by German sports journalists

De Bruyne holds the trophy for the Bundesliga’s ‘Player of the Year’, as voted for by German sports journalists

Things looked rosy for De Bruyne at the start of the 2013-14 season, but he failed to hold down his place
He started against Hull on the opening day of the season (pictured)

Things looked rosy for De Bruyne at the start of the 2013-14 season, but he failed to hold down his place

‘We are very happy to have added Kevin to our team,’ Pellegrini said, ‘and I have no doubt that he will be a big success on his return to the Premier League.

‘It takes a special footballer to improve our squad and I have no doubt that Kevin is certainly one of those – he has all of the mental, physical, tactical and technical attributes required to fit straight in.

‘We like to play attractive, attacking football and bringing in a player like De Bruyne will only aid us as we fight on four fronts.’

De Bruyne began his professional club career at Genk in Belgium, impressing for four years before Chelsea came calling in 2012.

During his time in the Belgian Pro League, the playmaker was called up by his country to play for the Under 18, 19 and 21 sides, before making his debut for Belgium’s senior squad in 2010.

The Belgium midfielder made 33 assists in 72 appearances for Wolfsburg before his move to Man City

The Belgium midfielder made 33 assists in 72 appearances for Wolfsburg before his move to Man City

De Bruyne has played 33 times for Belgium during his international career, scoring eight times

De Bruyne has played 33 times for Belgium during his international career, scoring eight times

In January 2012, De Bruyne signed for Chelsea – then under the stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas – in a deal worth around £7m, but remained at his previous club until the end of the season.

In the summer of 2012, he moved to west London to begin his time at Chelsea, who had changed managers, bringing in Roberto Di Matteo to replace Villas-Boas.  

De Bruyne struggled to work his way into the first-team plans at Stamford Bridge, and was shipped out on loan to Werder Bremen in August 2012, where he set the Bundesliga alight with a number of impressive displays. 

By the time he headed back to London, Jose Mourinho was the man in charge, reassuring De Bruyne he had a future at Chelsea despite rumours linking him with a number of clubs around Europe.

De Bruyne smiles for the camera at City's training ground following his £52m move from Wolfsburg

De Bruyne smiles for the camera at City’s training ground following his £52m move from Wolfsburg

In fact, on the opening day of the 2013-14 season, things looked rosy for the Belgium star, as he started and set up a goal for Oscar, slipping seamlessly into the Blues first-team.

Following an hour of football against Manchester United the following week, things went downhill for De Bruyne as his only game-time came fleetingly in cup competitions.

Just five months later, after much speculation, he left Chelsea in a deal worth £18million to join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, picking up where he left off in the German league.

In the 2014-15 season, his first and only full campaign in Wolfsburg colours, he scored 16 goals and further increased his value, setting himself up for a big-money move to Manchester City. 

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