De Bruyne: Belgium team-mate already told me how good Payet was

Kevin De Bruyne

The Manchester City summer signing says he has long been aware of the West Ham man's obvious quality.

Kevin De Bruyne says Belgium team-mate Michy Batshuayi already told him how good West Ham United's Dimitri Payet was before he burst onto the scene this season, according to Manchester City's official website.

Indeed, the former Chelsea midfielder joined Manchester City this summer and will come up against Payet if he features at the Etihad Stadium when West Ham visit on Saturday afternoon.

And he was told while on international duty just how good the Hammers forward is, as Payet played alongside Batshuayi during his time at Marseille.

De Bruyne told the Manchester City site: "I saw bits of their game against Newcastle on Monday because we were in the team hotel and from what I saw, they played pretty well on the night.

"I know of Payet because one of my Belgium team-mates, Michy Batshuayi, played alongside him at Marseille for one season and he told me a lot about him. I know Payet had a lot of assists last year and that he’s a really good player so he will be a threat, especially in his current form."

The 28-year-old has made a superb start to life in the Premier League but Manchester City should provide the toughest test for him yet.

The City defence, unlike last season, looks in fine form - with Vincent Kompany shaping up very well indeed so far this term - and should make life harder for the Hammers man than Arsenal or Liverpool's limp attempts.

He certainly has the quality to shine in a counterattacking set up, though, and seeing Payet at the Etihad could provide plenty of joy for West Ham fans and neutrals alike.

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