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18th Oct 2017

Kevin de Bruyne discusses his half-time argument with David Silva

It got heated for a moment

Darragh Murphy

Kevin de Bruyne never struck us as the most tempestuous character.

The Manchester City midfielder, who is enjoying the season of his dreams, surprised several viewers when he shouted in the face of teammate David Silva during Tuesday night’s victory at home to Napoli in the Champions League.

Apparently unhappy with the booking he had picked up just moments earlier, de Bruyne looked keen on confronting the referee as the half-time whistle went in order to continue protesting his innocence.

Silva, ever the rock of sense, intervened and attempted to save his teammate from talking himself to even more trouble but the Belgian didn’t appreciate it.

“Let me talk!” de Bruyne roared before Fernandinho managed to shove him down the Etihad tunnel.

Now that the dust has settled and the three points are in the bag, de Bruyne has played down the row and insisted that there is no problem between himself and the Spain international.

“We had a little discussion at the time,” de Bruyne said. “It happens, there’s nothing wrong and it’s over.

“At home I have arguments with my wife! It’s normal and it’s necessary, but now everything is OK.

“It’s what happens sometimes – you have a collision of words, but it’s nothing to think about.”