Kevin De Bruyne says he and Manchester City team-mate David Silva are likely to share the number ten role at the Etihad Stadium.
The Belgian, who arrived at Manchester City in the summer for £54million, shone in the role at Wolfsburg in one-and-a-half seasons in the Bundesliga, but Silva is the recognised star in the current City set-up.
As opposed to battling each other for that spot, De Bruyne feels that he and the Spaniard are likely to “rotate” in the role, both in the starting line-up and during games.
“I hope to play with him,” De Bruyne responded when asked of Silva. “With the amount of games we have, you will have some on the bench and the players who are playing also rotate a lot during the game.
“Even though I played as number ten a lot at Wolfsburg, I was the guy who was drifting out a lot to the sides. In the end you have to be a little bit open-minded, not fixed on one position.
“Even if you are changing a lot, as long as you are defensively in good shape, offensively it doesn’t matter.”
Asked to reprise a more conservative right-wing role in his short spell at Chelsea, the 24-year-old feels that he could prosper in a more attacking set-up under Manuel Pellegrini.
“Maybe Chelsea play a little bit more tactically – here they play a little more rounded. It’s different.
“It also depends how you are mentally in your head. Mental is also a lot of things that can help you as a player. I think I’ve grown also in that part since I was young.
“I don’t think you can compare me as a player with five years ago or even two years ago.”