There are few Premier League players who have started the new season in better form than Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian midfielder has been integral in helping Pep Guardiola to an unbeaten start to life at the Etihad, and his Man of the Match-worthy performance in last weekend's Manchester derby win over United summed up his growing influence.
However, whilst most high-flying Premier League stars might go out celebrating with their teammates or splash out on a slap up meal in the aftermath of such a fine win, The Times have today revealed De Bruyne's far more subdued celebrations last Saturday night.
According to the midfielder's agent, Patrick de Koster, De Bruyne flat out refused his representative's offer to pay for an expensive meal at a fancy Manchester restaurant - an attempt to congratulate the player and his family on a goal-scoring performance and important win.
Instead, as per The Times:
"Kevin said to me, ‘No, Patrick, let’s get a takeaway and eat at home instead,’
“I paid around £40 for a dinner for four people, but he really enjoyed it.”
You can't quite image the likes of Mario Balotelli being quite so sensible after his 'Why Always me' moment against United a few years ago.
And De Bruyne followed up the cheap takeaway meal not by going out partying with teammates but with a quiet swim with his young son.
“After we’d eaten, he said, ‘Come on, let’s go to the swimming pool with the baby,'" de Koster continued.
“We went in there and had a lovely evening, just for £40. That stuff is more important to him than going out and spending thousands of pounds on champagne and girls or whatever. That is not Kevin.”
Give his starring role just hours before, City fans would have forgiven De Bruyne had he let his hair down a little last Saturday night.
However, his sensible approach to celebrations will delight his boss at City, Guardiola.
The former Barcelona manager is known to be a stickler for player nutrition and keeping his squad in line.
Knowing that one of his most important players is also apparently one of his most sensible will be a big relief to the Catalan as he continues his start to life in English football.
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