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Chelsea star Cesc Fàbregas admits surprise with Kevin De Bruyne's rise: "I hardly knew him"

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Kevin De Bruyne's heroics in Manchester City's Champions League campaign has caught the eyes of all football fans. For those who followed his amazing season in Germany before returning to the Premier League, this is no surprise. There was a reason he was the Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015, and what he has done for the Citizens is just a natural development in what promises to be a stellar career.

But there are those who didn't pay attention to the Belgian until he joined the Blues of Manchester, and with every performance, especially against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinals, De Bruyne has shocked them time after time.

One of those who didn't know about KDB is Chelsea star Cesc Fàbregas, who is about the face Kevin on Saturday at Stamford Bridge in a big Premier League match. According to the Spanish international, De Bruyne's rise was a definite surprise to him.

"I hardly knew about him before this season. I didn’t really watch the German league in the few years he was there so yes he’s impressed me because I didn’t know that he had that much quality. I think he fits in very well with Manchester City’s footballing style."

Source: EA Sports

Since Fàbregas is a midfielder, he will certainly be very close to Kevin and will really get to know him.