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Manchester City summer signing midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admits he’ll have to live up to his hefty price tag after joining from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for club record £54m and handed him a whopping £200,000-a-week six year deal at the Etihad.

“Of course I earn a lot at City, but I had a lot of money and I’m not the only footballer in that situation.

“It is also up to me to keep performing. If I do not at City, I will have to leave or to earn less.

“Obviously, there is now much talk about money, but money is secondary for me. The sweetest thing I do is stand on that field.”

The young Belgium international scored in his country’s 3-1 win over Bosnia last night and admitted it felt good to be out of the transfer spotlight.

“It’s good for me to be with the national team after my transfer. Here I can work in a quiet environment.

“In England the spotlight will be – logically – on me immediately, from the first moment.

“Here at the national team, I have a relatively normal week, it’s quieter and I can get back into my rhythm.”