Wednesday, June 20, 2018

De Bruyne happy at Bremen; Mancini plays down Spain visit

On-loan Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne has rubbished reports suggesting that he in unhappy in Germany following an error in the process of translation that suggested otherwise, Sky Sports understands.

The Belgium international has enjoyed an early season purple patch for Die Grün-Weißen, bagging three goals and one assist in his first seven appearances in the German Bundesliga.

Despite his good performances on the pitch, De Bruyne has found life difficult in Germany.

After speaking with Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf, the Belgian midfielder took to Twitter to clarify the mistranslation.

“In the translating process, some things obviously went wrong,” De Bruyne tweeted.

“I really am happy in Bremen and I’m fully adapting to the German mentality.

“I’m here to learn and I’m learning each and every day, I only said that I miss my friends and my life in Belgium, but I certainly didn’t say that I am unhappy here.”

De Bruyne, who is Bremen’s joint top scorer in the league this season, will spend the rest of the 2012-13 campaign in Germany following the Blues’ decision to send him out on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window.

Bremen (2-1-4) are scheduled to host Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-3-2) at the Weserstadion on 20 October 2012.

Mancini plays down Spain visit

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has played down his visit to the Estadio Vicente Calderón for the Atletico Madrid-Malaga match on Sunday, insisting that he was in Valladolid to watch his son play for local outfit Real Valladolid, Sky Sports reports.

“I am here to see my son who played in Valladolid,” said Mancini.

Last time I checked, Valladolid was 160+ kilometres away from Madrid, but then again, who would really count such a thing.

According to reports in Spain, Mancini visited the Vicente Calderón for three reasons: Atletico Madrid talisman Radamel Falcao and Málaga CF standouts Isco and Eliseu.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo took a moment to share his thoughts regarding Roberto Mancini’s cameo appearance at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday.

“We know that Mancini has come to watch but we are calm on the subject of Falcao. I suppose Mancini is here to look for a house in Málaga!” Cerezo joked.

Something tells me Cerezo’s assertion in incorrect. Why you ask? Simply because Málaga is 550+ kilometres away from Madrid!

Mancini has until 20 October, when City are scheduled to visit The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion, to roam the streets of Spain and “watch his son play football for Real Valladolid”.


Shawn Etemadi



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