Jupp Heynckes has called Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne “the best player in Europe” and questioned the money paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba in 2016.
De Bruyne, 26, has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season as City have moved clear at the top of the division and Heynckes has said he would love to have a player with his ability at Bayern.
“De Bruyne didn’t play that well last year but I would give the shirt off my back for him,” Heynckes told kicker in an in-depth interview. “You must have a player like him in his position. He is far and away the best player in Europe at the moment.”
Heynckes also took a swipe at Pogba’s contribution at Old Trafford since signing from Juventus for what was then a record transfer fee in 2016.
Pogba won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season at Old Trafford and has scored three goals and set up seven more in 12 Premier League appearances this campaign, but Heynckes remains skeptical.
“What constitutes a great signing?” Heynckes asked. “Paul Pogba cost Manchester United €105 million. Is he playing like a great signing?”