Cape Town - Bayern
Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes rates Manchester
City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne as the most
influential footballer in Europe and claims he'd give his shirt off his back to
De Bruyne, 26, is no
stranger to the Bundesliga, having featured for Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg
before his £66million move to the Citizens in 2015.
His impact this season
has been integral to Pep Guardiola's sides incredible Premier League campaign
thus far, with six goals and nine assists - leaving the Sky Blues 12 points
ahead of second-placed Manchester United.
And with the recent
state of inflated transfer market values with the likes of Neymar leaving
Barcelona for PSG for €220million, Heynckes was questioned whether the German
side would have to join the trend to remain competitive in Europe.
"Paul Pogba cost
Manchester United €105million. Does he play like this? Many alleged top players
can and have still to learn," he told Kicker.
"For sure there
has to come a player again for €40million or €50million, but today for
€50million you don't get a finished player.
Kevin De Bruyne. He did not play this well last season, but for him, I would
give shirt off my back. On this position, you need such a player.
"De Bruyne is
clearly the outstanding player in Europe at the moment."