Revealed: The secret message behind Kevin De Bruyne's celebration during Man City's win over Tottenham

Kevin De Bruyne sent out a message with his goal celebration.

Kevin De Bruyne’s choice of celebration raised a few questions after he netted in Manchester City’s big win over Tottenham.

The Belgian superstar scored the second of City’s goals in a 4-1 victory over Spurs at the Etihad to continue his fine form for the Premier League leaders.

It was what came after the ball hit the net that got people talking though as De Bruyne darted towards a television camera with a message to get across.

He held up two fingers on one hand and a single finger on the other as he directed his actions straight down the lens.

But what did the ginger-haired City wizard mean with his celebration?

Some suggested the midfielder was taking a dig at Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United following City’s 2-1 derby win at Old Trafford.

It seemed a likely scenario.

Less likely was the theory that De Bruyne was highlighting the 21-point gap that now exists between the table toppers and the north London side who were swept aside.

However, the truth later came out and it seems the goalscorer was paying tribute to David Silva after he missed the fixture due to personal reasons.

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City players were pictured with Silva’s No. 21 shirt in the dressing room in the aftermath of the win and held up a ‘21’ sign to salute their absent team-mate.

And De Bruyne’s three-finger message was just another example of how Pep Guardiola’s team made sure the Spanish international’s presence was felt in some form.