Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has talked about his footballing idols, giving an insight into his own footballing development as well as offering a sneak peek into the club's dressing room atmosphere ahead of the start of the Premier League season this weekend.

Speaking at the City Football Academy, the Belgium international revealed that two of the most legendary playmakers in modern footballing history inspired him growing up, saying: “I really looked up to Zidane and Ronaldinho."


He continued: "Two completely different playmakers but yeah, they were incredible. Everyone has their own style but I just like the way that they play at that moment."

This season, De Bruyne will wear boots specially crafted for playmakers, Nike’s new Magista 2, which he says, suit his style of play. “I think I'm a creative player on the pitch, for me this is a boot that I feel really comfortable in personally. It's got a good touch and doesn't hurt my foot and so for me, that's the most important thing.”


The 25-year-old star was also quizzed on the music situation in the club's dressing room, revealing: "Mostly it's Gael (Clichy). He has his own DJ set and he does everything himself. The style is a little mixed obviously but it just depends on what the guys want to put on that day."

He added that he wasn't entirely sold on Stormzy, despite teammate Joe Hart being a big fan, saying: "That's more an English thing I think. There's no split in our music tastes but I'm not familiar with too much. I know a few songs but not so much."

De Bruyne will start his second season in Manchester at kickoff against Sunderland on Saturday, admitting that he feels comfortable in the city.

"Yeah, I'm feeling good," he said. "I'm really happy here and enjoying myself. I haven't got to see as much of it as I like just because we don't have all that much time. Last year particularly was so busy. Every week there's three games and then obviously everybody has kids now so it's not that easy to do stuff in the week."

Kevin de Bruyne trains and plays in the Nike Magista 2, the playmaker’s boot, designed with enhanced touch, fit and traction. Available now on

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