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Heart of Football: Princes waiting to step into King de Bruyne's boots

If you could design a player for the intensity of the English Premier League, you would come up with the body, mind and soul of Kevin de Bruyne.

He was the core of Manchester City's unremitting consistency last season and, now, before the new campaign is into its stride, de Bruyne is broken.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'Princes waiting to step into King de Bruyne's boots'. Print Edition | Subscribe