Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois thinks Belgium team-mate Kevin De Bruyne will “show his quality” in the Premier League and prove a huge success at Manchester City.
City concluded a long pursuit of the playmaker by finalising a £54.5m deal to buy him from Bundesliga club Wolfsburg on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window.
The deal for De Bruyne makes him the Premier League’s second-most expensive signing ever and the long drawn-out saga doesn’t appear to have affected the former Chelsea player, who made one and scored one in Belgium’s 3-1 win over Bosnia in the European Qualifiers on Thursday night.
Courtois, whose Chelsea side trail De Bruyne’s new employers by eight points in the Premier League, feels the performance is a testament to the player’s qualities.
“He shows his quality and mental strength that after two weeks of negotiation and difficult days he managed to play a very good game and he helped to secure us the victory,” he said.
“It is very good for him and we are looking forward to having him in the Premier League and show his quality there.”