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Kevin De Bruyne (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈbrœynə]; born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester City and the Belgium national team. De Bruyne plays mainly as an attacking midfielder but can also play as a winger or second striker. He is often described as one of the best modern day advanced playmakers due to his technique, wide range of passing, and long-range shooting skills, and is often regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
De Bruyne began his career at Genk, where he was a regular player when they won the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. In 2012, he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and then loaned to Werder Bremen. He signed with Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014, and in 2015 he was named Footballer of the Year in Germany. Later that year, he joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million.
De Bruyne made his full international debut in 2010, and has earned over 50 caps for Belgium. He was part of the Belgian squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
De Bruyne speaks Dutch, French, German and English. His mother is English, but was born in Burundi and has also lived in the Ivory Coast. In a 2013 interview, De Bruyne said: “My mother has an English mentality, but I am fully Belgian.” His hometown Drongen, a submunicipality of the city of Ghent, is situated in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
In 2013 the Daily Mail alleged that Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois had had an affair with De Bruyne’s girlfriend Caroline Lijnen. De Bruyne attacked Thibaut Courtois when training with the Belgian international team, but had reconciled with Courtois after. Since 2014, De Bruyne has been in a relationship with Michèle Lacroix who announced on 28 September 2015 that she was pregnant with the couple’s baby son. Mason Milian De Bruyne was born on 10 March 2016.
In 2015 De Bruyne bought his first car, a Mercedes, having previously relied on club vehicles, in preparation for the birth of his first child. De Bruyne’s autobiography, entitled Keep It Simple, was published in October 2014.