Manchester City’s midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne has been warned by the club’s manager, Pep Guadiola that he will need to fight to win back his regular starting berth in the team.
De Bruyne has had a bothersome start to the season having initially lacked match fitness after injuries robbed him of pre-season actions with the team before other knocks and a recent spell out with coronavirus prevented him building any momentum.
The 30-year old playmaker returned to action as a second half substitute in his side’s victory at Vicarage Road against Watford on Saturday but competition for starting berths at the club is now intense.
City manager Guardiola said: “Kevin played all the season from the beginning. He arrived after the Euros in a difficult condition and he played and played and played.
“After that he got coronavirus. Now he has to come back and fight for a position like everyone else.
“Kevin doesn’t have to show absolutely anything to me but he has to come back to being himself and show himself he’s back, and do what he has to do. Like he has done the last five or six years, every single three days.
“Of course the competition is so necessary and he knows it, but Bernardo (Silva) knows it, and (Ilkay) Gundogan knows it, and all the wingers and strikers know it.
“They know they have to play good, (whether) playing five minutes, 10 minutes or 90 minutes.”
The former Chelsea midfielder is expected to start in City’s final group game of the Champions League on Tuesday against RB Leipzig.
Having already secured top spot in Group A, Guardiola is likely to make a number of changes and has confirmed that a whole lot of youngsters will travel with the team to execute the game.