Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne can attain the heights of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Absolutely [he can],” said Martinez in an interview at the Belgium team’s training facility. I think when you see the players that you mention [Messi and Ronaldo], obviously you [have to] become consistent with your performances in order to reach that level. That happens over the course of a few seasons.
“The level of performance that Kevin is having this season [and] the level of performance he had last campaign shows you that he has the potential of reaching those highs. And there are not many players that you could say that about.”
“I think that you can see that he’s got a real special connection [with Guardiola],” said Martinez. “When a manager and a player hit the same way of thinking they become almost a manager on the pitch. I think Kevin De Bruyne’s performances are exactly what the manager wants.
“[Guardiola] gets the best out of Kevin and Kevin is a player that is ready now to take that role and make a big, big difference on the pitch.
“When you get a new manager coming into a club with new ideas, you have to think and the players get pushed out of their comfort zone and I think Kevin De Bruyne has taken that and is using it to take his game to a different level.”
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