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Kevin De Bruyne: the stubborn boy who developed into a world beater

The Manchester City midfielder, nicknamed the ‘tumble dryer’ by his friends because of his dry responses on WhatsApp, has gone from being a perceived troublemaker to one of the best players in the world. How did he do it?

“He just held on to one of the posts and refused to let go. He was in a rage. Three of us tried to pull him away from it but we didn’t manage.”

Kevin De Bruyne’s youth coach at Genk, Frank De Leyn, remembers the incident well. A young De Bruyne had been reprimanded for not helping to clear up the pitch after training and became so infuriated at being told off that he grabbed one of the posts and refused to let go.

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