Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he hardly knew about Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne before this season, and has been surprised by his quality.

Chelsea paid £6.7m to Genk for De Bruyne in January 2012 but he was sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014 before joining City for £55m in 2015.

Fabregas, speaking ahead of the release of the EA SPORTS FIFA 16 Ultimate Team – Team of the Season, admits he knew little about the Belgium playmaker before this season.

When asked if he has been impressed with De Bruyne’s first season as a City player, Fabregas said: “Yes, mostly because I hardly knew about him before this season.

“I didn’t really watch the German league in the few years he was there so yes, he’s impressed me because I didn’t know that he had that much quality. I think he fits in very well with Manchester City’s footballing style.”

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