De Bruyne: No coach-captain rift

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has played down reports of a falling out between manager Manuel Pellegrini and captain Vincent Kompany.

The Citizens boss is believed to have been unhappy with his skipper's decision to play for Belgium during the recent round of European Championship qualifiers, having missed City's previous five matches with a calf injury.

Kompany has since been an unused substitute in the 5-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth, while he came on for the final minute of their midweek Champions League win over Sevilla.

Next up is the trip to Old Trafford to face bitter rivals Manchester United, but speaking ahead of the tie, De Bruyne has looked to pour cold water on talks of a rift between the pair.

"Vinny (Kompany) will play his games. Maybe he will be there on Sunday against Manchester United," De Bruyne said.

"It is something between the manager and him. Maybe he wants him to train a little bit to be fully fit without any risks.

"But I don't see any problems at the moment. He is acting normal. I think everything is fine."

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