KEVIN DE BRUYNE is Manchester City’s last man standing — but intends to hang in there and embrace more change in the Etihad.
The exits of Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho this summer time mean two more links using the pre-Pep Guardiola era go.
And contains left KDB feeling old — because the only remaining person in the very first-team squad the Catalan boss inherited in summer time 2016. Which has not happened by accident.
Guardiola clearly admires the way in which De Bruyne conducts themself within the dressing room — in addition to his outstanding ability around the pitch.
He told new-boy Erling Haaland the experienced Belgian would be the most significant part of helping him to stay into his new surroundings.
So the probability is the 31-year-old star — that has three more years on his contract — is going to be around for some time yet.
Requested concerning the photo showing faces he out-lasted, he stated: “Yeah I saw that. It shows I’m getting old now!
“That’s the way it goes sometimes but I’ve been in the club seven years, Pep continues to be here six. It’s a lengthy amount of time in football nowadays.
“But I’m still happy using what I’m doing here and hopefully the club is satisfied beside me.
“Everything has altered a lot since Pep came however it was funny to determine there is just me left.”
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Guardiola has carried out the greatest churn of his tenure this summer time — he’s permitted the kind of Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to visit while getting Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Julian Alvarez into his squad.
De Bruyne has witnessed lots of people appear and disappear since coming in 2015 but generally City have discovered a method to win — and that he hopes he’ll do again.
He added: “There’s been lots of change this season.
“It’s been quite sad but a few of the players who’ve gone, I’d a great relationship together.
“In one of the ways I’m able to realise why often it occur in football however the other area is sorry to determine them go.
“Sometimes it’s good to achieve the same team surrounding you, but additionally you have to change things at occasions.
“It will depend around the finish of year how situations are. We’ve done this well with this particular team.
“In yesteryear, new faces came in yet others go but we’ve still found a method to win titles.
“So hopefully are going to that again this season.”
The idea of De Bruyne teeing up new striker Erling Haaland, 22, has City fans drooling.
There were promising signs because they linked up the very first time within the 1- make an impression on Bayern Munich at the house of the Eco-friendly Bay Packers yesterday.
The previous Borussia Dortmund hero Haaland had a champion and KDB continues to be astounded by his new team-mate who appears to handle all of the hype.
He stated: “I think it’s normal for that fans to become looking forward to him.
“You just take a look at his history like a striker and he’s already among the best on the planet.
“If you sign someone like this then there’s likely to be lots of expectation however it doesn’t seem like he’s feeling pressure to date.
“He’s doing very well, the standard he’s before goal established fact.
“He’s dirty much around, returning gradually.
“Let’s provide him a while but he’ll be sharp and prepared when he must be.
“In the very first game of year, if he’s there, I know everybody is going to be searching but he’s signed for 5 or 6 years, I believe he’ll score a few goals for the reason that time!”
For KDB  — among the Prem’s assist nobleman — it will likely be exciting with an out-and-out forward after 2 yrs playing with out them.
He stated: “As a midfielder, it’s usually best to visit a player like him are available in.
“If a striker really wants to score goals I’ll attempt to help him do this.”