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Neville delivers glowing assessment of ‘world class’ De Bruyne, likens to Beckham and Gerrard

Gary Neville has hailed Kevin De Bruyne as ‘world class’ and compared the Manchester City star to legendary midfielders such as David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.

The Belgian international starred as City drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad on Saturday, providing two superb assists for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

De Bruyne endured a frustrating campaign last season with injury, providing just one assist in the entire campaign, and Neville believes Man City will be improved this season should the 28-year-old remain fit.

“They will do (get better) if he stays fit,” the Sky Sports pundit said on Monday Night Football .

“I like watching tactical games and I never tend to get overawed watching individual talent but he mesmerises me watching him.

“He is the type of player who is so good, he’s world class, and on Saturday for that first hour it was stunning.”

De Bruyne’s pinpoint cross for Sterling to open the scoring at the weekend has drawn comparisons with Premier League legends Beckham and Gerrard, who Neville believes are the best two crossers from the right hand side in the league’s history.

The former Manchester United defender praised De Bruyne’s passing ability and says the midfielder is matching that duo for quality of delivery from wide areas.

“His positions are always good but I use the names David Beckham and Steven Gerrard because they are the two best crossers of the ball I’ve seen from the right hand side in the Premier League and De Bruyne matches them in terms of the quality he delivers and that is high praise.

“He is intelligent, the timings of his moves are perfect off the ball and you’re never in doubt that the ball is going to go exactly where it should do. It isn’t a cross, it’s a pass.

“For me on Saturday for about an hour he was unplayable and it took me back to playing with the best crosser of the ball I ever played with, which was Beckham. Even from deep positions the crossing was out of this world.

“De Bruyne is repeating the level of quality and precision from that inside right channel that Beckham produced for United and that is something I didn’t think I’d see again in the Premier League for a long, long time.”

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