Manchester City crazy if they think De Bruyne is the messiah, says Jerome Boateng

Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has poured scorn on the idea thatKevin de Bruyne could transform Manchester City’s midfield.

Boateng, who spent the 2010-11 season at City prior to joining Bayern, has suggested that the young Belgian could struggle to justify his €70 million price tag.

“The transfer fee they paid for him brings enormous pressure with it,” Boateng told Kicker magazine, in quotes translated via .

“Manchester City have brought him in like he is the Messiah. They are expecting miracles from him.

“But life in the Premier League is nothing like in the Bundesliga. Referees don’t whistle for fouls as often and the game is a lot faster as a result.

“A lot of teams still play long balls, even if City themselves employ a different style.”