Sunday 15 September 2019

WATCH: Kevin De Bruyne - My row with David Silva was like arguing with my wife

Silva and De Bruyne crossed paths at half time in Man City's Champions League win against Napoli
Silva and De Bruyne crossed paths at half time in Man City's Champions League win against Napoli

Luke Edwards

Kevin De Bruyne has likened his row with Manchester City captain David Silva during the Champions League victory over Napoli to bickering with his wife after television cameras caught them having a heated discussion at half time.

De Bruyne had been trying to speak to the referee as the teams left the pitch, but was pushed away by Silva and did not appreciate the gesture.

The Belgium international, though, was in jovial mood after City had extended their winning run to ten games and they may only need one more victory in their Champions League group to ensure progress into the knockout phase.

Asked about his tiff with Silva, De Bruyne replied: “We just had a little discussion. A minute later, that’s forgotten. I have those discussions sometimes with my wife too. You too, I suppose. Sometimes it’s needed.

“Not everything is always positive. But this was something small. I wanted to ask something (to the 4th referee), but I wasn’t allowed to. But as I said. It’s nothing to make a big deal out of it. It happens sometimes.

"Some people often say or see that I’m frustrated, but that wasn’t the case. I was just a bit annoyed. And for a minute I lost myself.

“One minute and it’s done. And I don’t mind. At the highest level a discussion can be good sometimes. To get everyone at their toes again.”

Although City looked relatively comfortable against Napoli, Pep Guardiola claimed afterwards that it was one of the best results of his time at the club and De Bruyne did not disagree.

“This wasn’t an easy game,” he added. “This is the Champions League, they are the leaders in the Serie A. I’d seen some games of them, because (my mate) Dries Mertens plays for them.

“So, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. It was totally different than against Stoke. They play a different kind of football. I’m happy with the way we played as a team. Our first half was excellent, the second a little bit less. They play a bit in the same way as us, so it’s sometimes difficult.”

De Bruyne also confirmed his agent has opened talks to extend his contract with the City board, even though he still has another four years left on his existing deal. At the age of 26, the new contract is likely to make him one of the highest paid players in the world to ensure there is less chance of him being poached by anyone as he enters the prime of his career.

“I am going the way the team is going,” De Bruyne explained. “It's much easier when the team is playing so well – there are runners everywhere and everyone knows their job. Offensively and defensively we are in check and everyone is giving a high standard. Everyone is on a high level.

“I don’t care if there is a lot of attention on me. I have to do the thing that I do. In football you will have highs and lows and you have to live in the middle.

“I go home and do my thing like I always do, whether I had a good game or a bad game. I just like to enjoy my football and put a lot of passion into what I do, and I like to win.”

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