Kevin de Bruyne talks to Nike about the coming season, who he looks up to in football, and his new boots, the Magista 2…
“I just started (pre-season) last Friday so now for me, it’s more about the physical work because I’m a little bit behind the others. Obviously I didn’t lose too much ground because of the Euros but for now it’s important to come back as quick as possible so I can get into a great shape and help the team.”
“I’m excited (about working with Pep Guardiola). I’ve been in a few meetings and been following the training. It’s been a little more tactical as he has a lot of ideas. I’m looking forward to being able to play and put these tactics into practice.
When I was little, I would always move closer towards the goal. I always wanted to score and create something. I think it’s always been in me to play more offensively than defensively. You just want to be able to help a team mate to score goals so you can win. The excitement mostly comes when it goes into the back of the net.
I really looked up to Zidane and Ronaldinho. Two completely different playmakers but they were incredible. Everyone has their own style but I just like the way they played at that moment.
Ever since I was young, I like to be competitive. No matter which game, I’m always competitive. (Retirement) is a long way off but that will be one of the biggest things I would probably miss when I don’t play the game any more.
I’m a creative player on the pitch. The Magista 2 is the boot for me, personally – the foot feels connected to the ball, the fit is great and I can move quickly and confidently in different directions.
I feel good. I played in the Mercurial since my teens but once I had tried out the Magista 2 a few times I was ready to make a change. It is light, so I can cover all the ground I need to, but gives me a feel for the ball that’s right for my game.
Kevin de Bruyne trains and plays in the Nike Magista 2, the playmaker’s boot, designed with enhanced touch, fit and traction. Available now on nike.com.