'Amazing De Bruyne among world's best' - Bernardo Silva hails Man City's assist king

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The Belgian has been in inspired form for Pep Guardiola's side this season and is proving to be an ideal mentor to one of the club's summer signings

Bernardo Silva considers Manchester City colleague Kevin De Bruyne to be “amazing” and “one of the best in the world”.

The Belgian forward has been in inspired form for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, with the bar continuing to be raised when it comes to the art of the assist.

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Nobody in the Premier League has laid on more goals for grateful team-mates since the former Chelsea winger completed a £55 million return to England in 2015.

The 26-year-old's performances continue to earn widespread praise, with Silva the latest to pay homage to one of the finest creative talents on the planet.

The Portugal international told City’s official website after seeing De Bruyne star again in a 7-2 mauling of Stoke: "Kevin, is just an amazing player. It's a pleasure to play alongside these kind of players and he showed us again that he's one of the best in the world."

The presence of De Bruyne at the Etihad Stadium has helped Silva to settle in England following a £43.5m transfer of his own, with the 23-year-old delighted to be part of such a star-studded squad.

"It feels great to be part of this team and score my first goal for Manchester City, I've very happy for this.

"The team played an amazing game, three well deserved points and now we have to think about the Champions League, because we want another three points there to help us progress.

"To be here and to be able to learn from all these fantastic players, it's an amazing opportunity, I'm very happy to be here, and I hope I can help the team to achieve the goals.”

City’s stunning showing against Stoke saw Silva net his first goal for the club, having stepped off the bench to join the party.

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He has made just one Premier League start to date, and seen 176 minutes of top-flight action, but the former Monaco man – who helped the principality club to the Ligue 1 title last season – considers Guardiola’s side to be the best he has been a part of.

Silva added: "Yes I think so, last season we played good football with Monaco and with the national team as well, but this performance that the team has been able to achieve over the last games has been outstanding."

City are next in action on Tuesday when they welcome Serie A leaders Napoli to the Etihad for an eagerly-anticipated Champions League clash between two free-scoring sides.

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