Kevin De Bruyne feels that the summer arrival of a group of youngsters at Chelsea will prove to be very beneficial as the European champions transition much of the responsibility over to the new signings.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo relied heavily on the old guard of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, and John Terry to take last season from a shocking disappointment to an unforgettable haul of two trophies.
De Bruyne played a bit-part role in the chaotic developments of the last campaign, arriving at the club as a deadline-day signing under Andre Villas-Boas in January.
The midfielder was sent back to native Belgian for a loan spell at Genk and less than two months later, he discovered that the Blues had sacked Villas-Boas.
The 21-year old now arrives at Stamford Bridge to play under Di Matteo but with the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin also joining him in Chelsea’s challenge to become a long-term contender, he is feeling comfortable in his new surroundings.
:I know a couple of people here already so it’s quite good for integration, I don’t see there being any problems,” De Bruyne told Chelsea’s official website.
He added: “I know Eden very well, and for a long time. I played with him for the national team and we are the same age so we played together when we were 18, 19.
“Marko Marin is also here and we are all young, so it makes it easier to get to know each other. We also play the same style of football which is good for us, and we will find our way together.”
De Bruyne and his teammates will begin their tour of the United States shortly, with a high profile clash against French giants PSG awaiting in New York’s Yankee Stadium.