When asked who he would rather see back in a Chelsea shirt, De Bruyne or Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, James admitted there was little to choose between the pair but opted for City's talismanic Belgian.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, James said: “I'd probably have De Bruyne. Both are great at their position.
“There's no major reason for De Bruyne over Salah.
"Just like his style of play."