Kevin De Bruyne has said Vincent Kompany helped persuade him to join Manchester City, and has set his sights on winning silverware after completing his club record move to the Etihad Stadium.
De Bruyne finally signed for City on Sunday in a £54 million deal, replacing Raheem Sterling as the most expensive signing in their history.
The 24-year-old Belgium international helped Wolfsburg win the DFB-Pokal last season and is looking forward to securing more trophies with the Premier League leaders.
“Here is a good chance to win some titles with a team who has a lot of quality players,” he told City’s official website.
“I had a great time in Germany, a successful one-and-a-half years, and we won some titles — so now I think it is a new chance to be better as a player and hopefully I can do good.”
De Bruyne is a Belgium teammate of City captain Kompany and said the centre-back had told him about the merits of life at the Etihad Stadium.
“He called me a couple of times and we spoke on the phone,” he added. “He told me that the club can take good care of me and they will help me, and said to follow your heart and mind and if you come to City I will be happy. “It is always nice when you have some familiar faces. I know Vinnie really well. He can help me settle in a little bit better. He is the guy who speaks the same language as me.”
De Bruyne only made two Premier League starts during a brief spell at Chelsea and left in search of first-team football, but said he was willing to battle for a place with players such as David Silva, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and Sterling.