The king is back! See what Guardiola has to say about Kevin De Bruyne’s return

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased to have back star player Kevin De Bruyn, as he claimed the Belgian has a mutual respect with City fans which will last forever.

De Bruyne made his first appearance for City since August, during the FA Cup clash with Huddersfield, and marked his return with his first assist of the season after just 17 minutes of play, as City rode to a 5-0 victory.

Guardiola was indeed glad to have his star midfielder back.

“He played really good minutes, and we thought it was better in the second-half when there was more space because they defended really, really deep and the spaces were so hard to find” said Pep.

“But in the second half there were more spaces and we played with good intention, and it was really, really good.

“Now, as I said in the previous press conferences, Kevin needs to accumulate training sessions, training sessions and more training sessions even more than games.

“Now with Newcastle (next weekend) we have another chance, then we have two weeks to have good training sessions here and in Abu Dhabi, so we are ready for the second part of the season.

“But I am incredibly happy to have him back because Kevin helps you to win games.

“Kevin, Haaland, Phil.. these guys win games – that’s why they’re so important for us.

“I’m pretty sure that in the last game Kevin felt how the people love him and how our people are in love with him, and that mutual respect will be forever.”