In an interview with HLN, newly appointed Belgian national team captain Kevin De Bruyne was asked about how long he would remain part of the international set up. The Manchester City midfielder replied ‘I still enjoy coming here. As long as I keep having fun, I’ll stay. There will come a time, of course, when enough is enough’.
The 31-year-old has taken over from Eden Hazard as captain, who retired following the poor World Cup campaign. Toby Alderweireld and Simon Mignolet also announced their international retirement following the tournament in Qatar, with Roberto Martinez also being replaced by Domenico Tedesco. Thibault Courtois and Romelu Lukaku have been appointed as joint vice-captains to support De Bruyne.
De Bruyne was keen to talk about the style of play Tedesco is looking to bring, with many expecting there to be a high tempo pressing outlook to the Red Devils. Leicester’s Wout Faes spoke recently about how he felt this new style of play would suit him well, while also putting himself forward as the replacement for the now retired Alderweireld.
Unfortunately for Tedesco he has already seen one of his players drop out due to injury. Jeremy Doku had to leave the squad and has since been replaced by PSV teenager Johan Bakayoko.