Kevin De Bruyne, according to Simon Stone of the BBC, is set to sign a contract extension with the Sky Blues which would see him remain at the Etihad for the next six years.
The 26-year old’s current deal is set to expire in 2021, but officials at City are moving ahead of time to ensure an enticing offer from one of Europe’s elites doesn’t shake the player. He is set to double his wages as well, from £115,000 to £210,000 a week.
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Manchester City have scored 72 goals so far this season, with the bulk of them (56) in the Premier League. The Belgian has contributed to 1/4th of this total: scoring 7 and setting up 11 in just 24 appearances to become second highest assist maker in the top European Leagues this season.
The ex-Chelsea man moved to Wolfsburg during the summer of 2014 for a mere £17 million, where he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Germany. City came calling, and the move to Manchester came through at a cost of £54 million.
He has become one of City’s most valuable assets in just over three years and has lit the Premier League on fire. No wonder the hierarchy want him tied down to the club as long as possible.
Despite having indicated that he would leave the club once his contract has expired in 2019, rumours that manager Pep Guardiola is also being handed in a contract extension.
De Bruyne is happy at Etihad stadium:
Khadoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman and Txiki Begiristain, and the chief executive believe that the Spaniard could establish his own era of domination and success at the Etihad, and remain in place for the next decade. This could very well mean De Bruyne is going to be the ever-present man for Guardiola.
De Bruyne is content in Manchester with his young family, though, per City’s matchday programme (via the Press Association, h/t the Mail):
“I always say in football that a lot of things can happen very quickly, but I’m very happy here and the people at the club know that. I’ve no feeling to go anywhere else and enjoy being part of the project here and playing the kind of football we are playing.”
“The team is going in the right direction and that’s also important. I made the right decision coming to City and my family feels the same so everything is good.”
What this means for City:
If a player of his stature and importance commits to the club for such a long period, it shows how loyal he is to the club. This would undoubtedly bring joy to the City faithful, and may lead to City retaining their best players with similar deals in the years to come. And yes, this would spell very bad news for their Premier League rivals.