Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described Kevin De Bruyne as 'outstanding' and one of the best players he has ever coached.

Guardiola described Kevin De Bruyne as being "on another level" after the playmaker put in another superb performance as Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth.

De Bruyne was the standout player in a brilliant team display by City at the Etihad Stadium, where goals from him, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured a fifth straight Premier League win and eighth from eight games in all competitions this term.

And City boss Guardiola said: "I think he is a special, outstanding player. He makes everything. Without the ball he is the first fighter, and with the ball he is clear - he sees absolutely everything.

"Every time he makes the right decision. That is why he is a player on another level. We are lucky to have him and I hope he can enjoy playing his amazing football with us."

When then asked about how De Bruyne ranked among the great players he has managed, ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola said: "He's one of them.

"When we talk about (Lionel) Messi, maybe he can sit alone in the table, with no-one else allowed. But in the table beside, Kevin can sit there."