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Kevin De Bruyne Signs for Manchester City

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Much anticipated deal is finally official

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After weeks of speculation the deal bringing Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City from Wolfsburg was completed Sunday. Terms of the transfer were not disclosed by either club but published reports indicate the fee was in the neighborhood of £56 million which would be a club record for the Blues. If that fee is accurate it would the second highest fee ever paid by a British club for a player falling just below Angel Di Maria's move from Real Madrid to Manchester United 12 months ago.

The Belgian playmaker formerly featured for Chelsea but was not a favorite of Jose Mourinho. He moved to Wolfsburg 18 months ago,  where he excelled arguably becoming one of the most influential attacking players in Europeon football.

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."

City Manager Manuel Pellegrini added:

"We are very happy to have added Kevin to our team 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 joins international teammates Vincent Kompany and Jason Denayer at Manchester City.