The Sky Blues are on a record-breaking winning streak in the Premier League and are eleven points clear at the top of the table.
De Bruyne has been the heartbeat of a superb City side, scoring six goals and providing eleven assists in the league.
City look like they have wrapped up the title already and Guardiola issued a special thanks to his Belgian star.
‘I just can say thank you to all my players, and especially Kevin, for the fact that (he is) one of the most talented players, and you see him, how he runs without the ball,’ Guardiola said.
Manchester City 2017/18 Fixtures
Leicester City (A) – Tues Dec 19 (EFL Cup)
Bournemouth (H) – Sat Dec 23
Newcastle United (A) – Wed Dec 27
Crystal Palace (A) – Sun Dec 31
Watford (H) – Tues Jan 2
‘He is a good example for the young players, for our academy, for Phil Foden, for Brahim (Diaz).
‘They know how good Kevin De Bruyne is and when they see how he runs and fights without the ball, that is the best example.
‘He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future, because that is what we want to do.
‘His performance today… I have no words to describe what he has done with the ball.
‘And overall, without the ball, he is able to make pressure from 40 metres to the goalkeeper. And when that happens, the people who are behind him think ‘if that guy runs like this, I have to run as well’.’
De Bruyne is on course to win the Player of the Season and is more than justifying the club-record fee City paid for him in 2015.
City can stretch their winning streak to 17 games if they beat Bournemouth on Saturday, but first there is a trip to Leicester City in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup.
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