Belfast Telegraph

Classy De Bruyne aims for fast start with City

By Staff Reporter

Club record signing Kevin de Bruyne is poised to make his Manchester City debut as David Silva sits out this weekend's trip to Crystal Palace.

Silva is not being risked by manager Manuel Pellegrini ahead of next Tuesday's Champions League encounter against Juventus after suffering an ankle injury during the international break.

That should make it straightforward for the Barclays Premier League leaders to slot their new £54million man into their formidable-looking side.

Pellegrini said: "In his position it is more easy, maybe, to settle in our team. He needs maybe to be included in the movements of our squad for more time, but if we need him at this moment he can play without problems."

Pellegrini made just one change to his starting line-up in City's first four games of the campaign - all of which were won convincingly without conceding a goal.

Former Chelsea player De Bruyne's big-money move from Wolfsburg came after the last of them, against Watford almost a fortnight ago, and has since been away with Belgium.

Pellegrini said: "It is not the best way to arrive, to go to his national squad, but it doesn't matter. He is a very young player, 24-years-old. I always say when good players arrive at a good team with very good players like David, Kun (Sergio Aguero), Yaya (Toure), just to name some, they will continue improving." The international break has come at a cost for City with Fabian Delph injured as well as key playmaker Silva.

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