De Bruyne 'playing well enough to be Ballon d'Or contender'

From BBC - February 11, 2018

Kevin de Bruyne needs to win "lots of titles, especially the Champions League" to win the Ballon d'Or, says his Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

However, when asked if the midfielder was playing at a level that made him a contender to be named the world's best, Guardiola said: "I have no doubt."

"To be a contender, you have to win [the Champions League], and be there in the latter stages," added Guardiola.

"But how he played against Leicester it is hard to find better in Europe."

De Bruyne made three assists in Saturday's 5-1 victory over Leicester to take his total in the league this season to 14, four more than the next best player.

Guardiola continued: "It is not just one game, it is all season and every three days that he is playing that way."

De Bruyne, 26, said: "I do everything to win titles with the team. What happens after is an extra.

"I am very pleased with the way everything is going for me. The way the team is playing makes it easier for me and for them. At the end, if you get an individual honour it is beautiful."

Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday, BBC pundit Danny Murphy said De Bruyne was "probably the best passer of the ball I have seen in the Premier League".

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