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Kevin De Bruyne is the perfect mix of Paul Scholes and David Beckham, says Gary Neville

Gary Neville: Kevin De Bruyne is a hybrid of two Manchester United legends
Kevin De Bruyne has been at the heart of Manchester Citys title-winning side (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville has compared Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to two of his former team-mates at Manchester United.

The Belgian has been the fulcrum of Pep Guardiolas title-winning side this season but was pipped to the PFA Player of the Year prize by Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah.

De Bruyne has scored 11 goals and registered 20 assists across all competitions and Neville has been blown away by the midfielders performances.

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Jamie Redknapp compared De Bruyne to United icon Paul Scholes and Neville also sees traces of David Beckham in his game.

Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast: Jamie Redknapp compared him with Paul Scholes, but I actually think he is a hybrid between Scholes and David Beckham.

Gary Neville: Kevin De Bruyne is a hybrid of two Manchester United legends
Kevin De Bruyne reminds Gary Neville of David Beckham and Paul Scholes (Picture: Getty)

He can cross and pass in a whipped way like Beckham, but he can also strike and drift passes like Scholes.

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He has that blend of both in terms of how he plays. Hes equally important to this team now as David Silva, and thats saying something because Silva is a sensational player.

Jamie Redknapp said Xavi and Andres Iniesta were the best two hed seen in those forward midfield positions, and youd have to agree with that, they were the best Id ever seen, the Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola.

But Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are comparable, and thats saying something, because these are really top players.

They dont waste the ball, they have the intelligence, understanding, its really, really high level.

Gary Neville: Kevin De Bruyne is a hybrid of two Manchester United legends
Gary Neville has told Raheem Sterling to learn from the Belgium midfielder (Picture: Getty)

Neville believes Raheem Sterling learn from De Bruyne on the training ground ahead of next season.

One of the big moments of the season was De Bruynes goal at Chelsea, one of the moments that made me think this is a different type of team this season, he added.

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[The goal against Swansea] was a brilliant, brilliant strike. He has the ability to display different techniques, different types of passes, drifting a pass, bending a pass, whip a cross, and then to strike a ball so true. It can only be through repetition, hours and hours of practice.

I mentioned on Monday Night Football how Raheem Sterling can improve the accuracy of his strike, and hes got someone there who he can go out on the training pitch with every day and practice with, to try and get near to that level, because that is the highest standard, it really is.

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