Kevin de Bruyne has dismissed the growing criticism of footballers as “banter”.
Players are under more scrutiny than every because social media has given every fan a voice, but De Bruyne claims he does not let it bother him.
The Manchester City forward ignores the accusation that footballers have cushy lives, insisting they work hard for the team.
“I don’t really care, because that is everywhere,” said the Belgium international, set to face Arsenal on Sunday in a vital game for the top-four race.
“People don’t know the work we put in. If you are at home resting, you are resting because you need to play on Saturday.
“It’s just part of the job – you need to have the treatment, do the massages, training, go in the pool. So I think our job is 24/7.
“I love my life. We are busy and I don’t care what people say. I read comments, what people write on the internet, but it makes me laugh. It doesn’t affect me personally. For me, it is banter.”
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De Bruyne does accept that he needs to behave responsibility and says he tries to be courteous to everyone he meets.
“What I like the most is when people know I am a good guy, I am respectful of everybody,” he added. “It doesn’t matter who you are, the biggest star or the little guy, you should have the same attitude towards everyone.”