De Bruyne responds to Ballon d'Or talk

English Premier League

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne feels he is not too far from challenging for the prestigious Ballon d'Or.

The Belgian international has been a star performer for the Citizens in recent seasons but has been overlooked for the individual accolades in England.

This season has been no different the Belgian, who has recorded eight goals and an impressive 16 assists in the Premier League.

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"[I'm] probably not too far. But who am I to decide that?" De Bruyne told Sky Sports.

"I just try to be the best I can be. I've been playing well over the last few years and even last season, I had a lot of injuries but the times that I was on the pitch, I was doing OK. Even in Germany, I had good years and I felt happy, but who decides [the best footballers], I don't know, but I think I'm pretty close.

"It helps [being nominated for the Ballon d'Or], but first and foremost is team performance. I know if the team performs well and I perform with them, I will get the accolades. Over the last few years, I've been in contention for the top 30 in the world and it feels good because you work very hard in your profession and to be acknowledged as being really good at what you do is always nice to hear.

"It gives me the motivation to stay there and be on top for as long as I can because [playing] football is for a short period of time and I just want to be the best version of what I can be. What that is, I don't know, but every year is different and this year went really well for me.

"I think I'm more of a complete footballer than I was a few years ago. I've had some good years in my career but I think either side of the ball, mentally, leading a team, I'm better now than I was two or three years ago. I think I'm doing really well and I feel comfortable and happy with the way I'm performing."