Kevin De Bruyne believes new signing Rodri has been a perfect fit at Manchester City

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne praised new signing Rodri after he featured in his official debut for the Premier League champions against Liverpool in the Community Shield.

The former Atletico Madrid man was solid in his central defensive midfielder role against Liverpool and also earned the approval of boss Pep Guardiola.

De Bruyne believes City have done a great job in the transfer market in the last few years and Rodri has been a perfect fit at his position.

“He’s a perfect fit for us. I think the way that we did transfers the last years add up,” he said, according to Goal.

“You see a lot of young talent coming in willing to play our style. I think that’s what they’re looking for and he’s a perfect fit for us.

“I think he’s the perfect [defensive midfielder] for the way we want to play.

“Our DM is a really difficult position. You need certain players for it and there’s not a lot of people who can do both sides of it.

“Obviously we’re very good on the ball. You can’t just be defensive, you have to be offensive also.”

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Former England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill joins Crystal Palace on two-year deal

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Former England defender Gary Cahill has joined Crystal Palace on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Chelsea this summer. He could make his Eagles debut in Saturday’s Premier League opener at home to Everton.

Cahill told the club’s official site: “I’m glad to be here. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to continue my career in the Premier League and to play in a good, exciting team.

“There are some very exciting, talented players here. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can.

“I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I’d like to think that I give it 110 per cent and leave everything out there, so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans.”

Cahill has 61 England caps and played for the Three Lions under Palace boss Roy Hodgson. He won two Premier League titles with Chelsea as well as the Champions League and the Europa League twice.

Hodgson added: “I’m delighted that Gary has joined us. He’s a fantastic footballer who brings a wealth of international and Premier League experience.

“Having worked alongside Gary during my time as England manager, I know that he is going to be a valuable asset and I’m so happy to be working with him again.”

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Derby boss Phillip Cocu tight-lipped on player coach role at club for Wayne Rooney

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Phillip Cocu was tight-lipped on reports linking Derby with a move for former England captain Wayne Rooney after his side’s 2-1 Championship victory at Huddersfield.

The DC United striker has been linked with a possible player-coach role at Pride Park.

Cocu offered few clues as to whether there was any truth in the rumours following Monday’s win.

Asked whether Rooney would get into his side after they opened their season with a victory, Cocu joked: “Who?

“I’m sorry, I can’t say (anything). There are still three days and the market’s open.

“I’ve said before that we’re not done and we’re working to get the team complete, but I cannot talk about any names at this moment.”

Cocu was probed on how a player of Rooney’s profile might fit into his squad.

Without mentioning Rooney specifically, he added: “It never depends on a player because I like to talk always about my team, not about any player.

“In my opinion the team is always the most important. Never is a player more important than the team. That’s my vision.”

Despite asserting that his coaching team is complete, Cocu replied “I don’t know” when asked if there was room for a player-coach.

Tom Lawrence scored both Derby goals at the John Smith’s Stadium as part of a terrific first-half performance from the Wales international.

His first came after a defensive error from debutant Tommy Elphick, keeping his composure to lift the ball into an empty net, while his second was a well-taken left-footed strike from the edge of the box.

“World-class goals,” Cocu said. “He’s a quality player. He shows his quality on the ball and in combinations, works hard for the team. To start the season with two goals is very impressive.”

Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert was frustrated at his side’s failure to take their chances, with Karlan Grant scoring their only goal from the spot.

“I think we saw two different halves,” he explained. “In the first half we made it too easy for Lawrence to score and they took advantage of our mistakes.

“In the second half, I don’t think they had a shot on target, we had the chances and I think with those big chances we must have scored.

“It’s a game for me where we should have got something out of it.”

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