Thierry Henry says Kevin De Bruyne is ‘on another planet’ and has backed the Manchester City midfielder to break his Premier League assists record.
The Belgian international has established himself as arguably the finest player in the Premier League since moving to the Etihad from Wolfsburg five years ago, becoming the fastest player in the division’s history to reach 50 assists earlier this season.
De Bruyne has twice previously finished as the leading assist provider in England’s top tier and is currently leading the Premier League rankings once more, the 28-year-old just four short of matching Henry’s all-time record of 20 goals provided in a single league season.
Henry – who worked alongside the midfielder during his time coaching with the Belgian national side – has lavished praise on the midfielder, backing the Man City star to break his long-standing record given his level of performance in recent years.
“He’s an amazing player, it’s just stupid what we are witnessing and I hope people in football do realise that the boy is just not normal,” Henry told Sky Sports The Football Show.
“His brain is somewhere else, it’s just ridiculous and I came across him and worked with him and he’s one of those guys you just have to let play because if you start to understand and comprehend what he’s doing, you’re going to have a headache. He’s on another planet.
“I have a little message for Kevin De Bruyne… first and foremost, in the national team we used to joke about the assists record and I always used to say: ‘You were not far this year,’ and he would always say: ‘I’ll get you one day.’ He saw me at Vincent Kompany’s testimonial and he said: ‘This year, I’ll get you,’ and I said: ‘You will because you are just incredible.'”