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Kevin De Bruyne believes he will
win titles at Manchester City after
quitting the Bundesliga for a big-
money Premier League return.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder
made just five senior starts in a previous
spell at Chelsea before being allowed
to leave by Jose Mourinho a little over
18 months ago.
The reputation he built as a young-
ster at Genk did not lead to initial suc-
cess in England, but a loan to Werder
Bremen was a success and De Bruyne
has been a revelation at Wolfsburg,
who reluctantly accepted the departure
of their star man to City on Sunday.
It is understood City have paid a
club-record fee of around £54million
for the Belgian, who in July was named
Germany s footballer of the year after
scoring 10 times and adding 20 assists
during Wolfsburg s run to second place
in the Bundesliga.
Days before De Bruyne decamped
to Germany in January 2014, Mourinho
said: "We know that Kevin didn t adapt
very well to the difficult life a Chelsea
But De Bruyne now has the chance
to show his former employers what
they missed out on by driving fast-
starting City to the Premier League
"I just want to win," said De Bruyne
after finalising his move. "I won two
cups at Wolfsburg and I just want to
keep on winning, and I think here s a
good chance to win some titles with
a team who have a lot of quality play-
He will compete with the likes of
David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Samir
Nasri for the role he relishes, tucked
in behind master finisher Sergio
"I want to reach the highest level
possible," De Bruyne said.
"The most important thing is at the
end of the season we can be happy
and maybe have some titles."
De Bruyne has signed a six-year con-
tract and City manager Manuel Pel-
legrini said: "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, phys-
ical, tactical and technical attributes
required to fit straight in."
His debut could come at Crystal
Palace on September 12, when City
return to Premier League action after
the international break.
Last season s champions Chelsea are
already eight points behind City this
season, after just four rounds of games.
"It s the perfect start," De Bruyne
De Bruyne joins Belgium national
team colleague Vincent Kompany at
the Etihad Stadium.
City skipper Kompany said of his
new club-mate: "He is a tremendous
talent. He has just got so many assists
and goals in him.
"It doesn t really matter how the
game goes for him, he is always making
decisive plays. Over the course of a
season that is ultimately what you pay
for---more goals, more assists. He has
just got something special."
De Bruyne targets titles at City
Kevin De Bruyne
...wants to win
titles at City.
Jonjo Shelvey is determined not just
to make up the numbers after being
handed a second chance by England.
The Swansea midfielder, who won
his only cap in 2012, has forced his way
back into Roy Hodgson s squad for next
week s Euro 2016 qualifiers against
Switzerland and San Marino after shin-
ing at club level this season.
Shelvey says he is ready to take his
Swansea form into the international
arena as England seek the six points
that will book their place in France next
"I don t want to just go there (with
England) and not play," Shelvey said
after again impressing in Swansea s 2-
1 victory over Manchester United on
"I want to get the chance to
play a game. If I get the chance
I know I can show everyone
what I am capable of because
I ve started this season well.
"But there s still a lot more
to come and I will keep work-
ing hard and try to kick on."
Shelvey s solitary England
appearance came during
his three years at
when it looked as if he would end his
career as a one-cap wonder.
Swansea manager Garry Monk told
him to "wise up" last season and scold-
ed him for being "lazy" after growing
tired of his indiscipline, but Shelvey
took the criticism on board and was
rewarded with a new four-year contract
in the summer.
Since then he has been at the fore-
front of Swansea s march into the top
four of the Barclays Premier League,
his range of passing providing the serv-
ice for marksmen Andre Ayew and
Bafetimbi Gomis and securing his route
back into the England set-up.
"Roy Hodgson is a tremendous man-
ager and I m sure if you are doing the
business on the pitch then he can t
ignore you forever," Shelvey
"I feel I have warranted a
place since the back end of
last year. But it wasn t
meant to be. Hopefully I can
kick on now and really
cement my place in the
"I m not as
Shelvey ready to shine for
England in Euro fixture
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