Zielinski, linked with Liverpool, was likened to De Bruyne by Polish legend Zibi Boniek this week.
But the midfielder said: "We're talking about a champion, he's been one of the best in his role for three years.
"I am pleased with this comparison, but today he is much stronger than me. I have the potential to become a champion, I hope it happens soon, but I have to think only about working.
"Some things need to be improved, if I work hard, it will come easy."