Kevin De Bruyne is determined to prove his worth to Manchester City after playing down the significance of being the club’s record signing.
De Bruyne has scored in both his last two City games against West Ham and Sunderland as he bids to prove the club were justified in spending a blockbusting £55million to sign him from Wolfsburg.
But the mantle of being the centre of attention does not sit easily with the midfielder, who baulked at the suggestion that his price tag brings stellar expectations.
“I don’t want to be the star, I just want to play good,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“Obviously there is a big price tag but I had a four-year contract left and Wolfsburg didn’t want to let me go.
“So it is totally different to when I had a one year contract and they wanted me to leave. It is a lot of money but I need to play football, and it is a lot of money but I am not the only one!
“The team always comes before me. I am part of it and I want to do good and help win games and I will be happy to do that.
“At Wolfsburg I was the star but at the end of the day I am not the guy who speaks a lot.
“I don’t want to be a captain. That is not my style. I just do my stuff on the pitch and help the team.”
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who knows de Bruyne from his days as Belgium’s head coach, said earlier this week that he liked De Bruyne’s earthy attitude.
And De Bruyne said he is not about to change now, huge transfer fee or not.
“I have always been like this and I will try to stay the same thing,” he said. “You get kids who look up to you but I don’t know why I should change.
“I am happy with the way my life is going and happy the way it has gone for 24 years so I don’t know why I should change. I like it quiet with my family.”