Vincent Kompany has defined how Kevin De Bruyne did not make first impression on him with the Belgian nationwide staff.
Kompany has this summer season retired from soccer after a glittering profession that can see a everlasting statue of him outdoors of the Etihad in recognition of his achievements with Manchester Metropolis.
De Bruyne, in the meantime, made historical past within the final week by turning into the membership’s first ever participant to obtain the PFA Participant of the 12 months award, in recognition of his excellent performances over the previous 12 months.
The inventory of Metropolis’s most interesting playmaker has by no means been greater, however former Blues skipper Kompany has defined how issues did not go so properly initially.
“I have to say he got here into the nationwide staff when he was very very younger and on the similar time he actually did not depart impression on me,” Kompany stated in a Metropolis TV documentary.
“I believed he simply appeared to moan quite a bit, he tried a number of issues that wern’t coming off at the moment and I stated it is a disgrace we might have carried out with some extra expertise within the staff.
“Anyway, time glided by, issues occurred and impulsively earlier than you knew it he was the very best participant we had.”
De Bruyne has by no means been afraid to talk his thoughts. He had the boldness to depart Chelsea underneath Jose Mourinho when he wasn’t getting the alternatives that he felt he deserved, and to this present day as one of many leaders within the Metropolis dressing room will name out something he does not like.
As his performances improved, it dawned on Kompany that he wouldn’t be the participant he’s with out that a part of his character.
“He has an edge and that is possibly maybe in his first coaching session with the nationwide staff when he was 18 what did not come throughout so properly is as a result of he has an edge,” he stated.
“When you could have an edge and do not carry out on the pitch, it is like ‘What’s that each one about?’ However afterward you realise that that is his true power.
“He has an edge in every part he does. When he tries to recuperate the ball, he is bought a little bit of a imply streak the place he does not thoughts getting bodily.”