Kevin de Bruyne claims that he broke Thierry Henry’s long standing Premier League assist record this season after levelling the Arsenal legend on the final day of the season.
Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne scored twice in the 5-0 win over Norwich on Sunday, but perhaps more importantly picked up an assist.
Officially, that moved the Belgian on to 20 assists for the season, and the clear winner of the Premier League’s Playmaker of the Season award.
But De Bruyne claims that league officials tried to take two more away from him in the 3-0 win over Arsenal as they took deflections.
Kevin De Bruyne ran riot against Norwich on Sunday, but he couldn’t officially break a Premier League record
That would have seen the 29-year-old supersede Henry’s record from the 2002/03 season.
De Bruyne said: “I have got two more. You guys [Premier League] took two away from me.
“I’m still claiming that one. For me I was already there.”
“It is nice to have it [the record] and it is nice to have it with Thierry.
“Obviously I know with assists I need my team-mates – I can create the opportunities but if they don’t score them, I don’t get anything.
Thierry Henry has held the record for the most Premier League assists since 2003
“My role is to create as many chances as I can, and help the team get in front of the goal – and then I am hoping they will finish it. They do it a lot of times so I am very grateful for that.”
De Bruyne’s desperation to break Henry’s record meant he actually managed to create 10 chances against Norwich – a record by a single player in a Premier League game this season.
Kevin de Bruyne made the most Premier League assists while his Man City team-mate Ederson kept the most clean sheets
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