Kevin De Bruyne reportedly ‘very close’ to agreeing new Manchester City contract

Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne is reportedly ‘very close’ to agreeing a new contract with Manchester City.

Kevin De Bruyne reportedly ‘very close’ to agreeing new Manchester City contract

De Bruyne contract close

The uncertainty surrounding Kevin De Bruyne’s contract situation looks set to come to an imminent end, with the Belgian reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with Manchester City which would see him remain with the club well into his early 30s.

The midfielder joined City from Wolfsburg more than 5 years ago, and has gone on to become one of the Premier League’s best players. He has helped the Sky Blues to win the Premier League twice, the League Cup on 4 occasions, as well as the FA Cup.

He has also been handed the captain’s armband for Pep Guardiola’s side regularly of late, as the Spanish coach views De Bruyne as a strong leader, and a role model for his younger players:

“Negotiations between Manchester City and Kevin de Bruyne [himself, no agent involved] on a new contract are going on in the right direction. The feeling around the club is that the agreement is ‘very close.'” confirmed Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano.

De Bruyne did face fitness issues earlier this season after picking up an injury whilst on international duty, but has since returned to form, and will no doubt prove pivotal in guiding the 8th-placed Citizens up the Premier League table over the weeks and months ahead.

Guardiola to prolong career

At one point, it looked as though Pep Guardiola may not return to management. Having departed Barcelona on the back of a trophy-laden stint, he took a year out of the game, before returning with Bayern Munich.

Whilst the Spanish tactician ultimately failed to achieve the main target of securing Champions League glory with the German champions, he was able to instill a more attractive style of play in Munich, before moving on to Manchester City, where he recently signed a new contract.

“Before, I thought I was going to retire soon. Now I’m thinking I’m going to retire older. So, I don’t know,” Guardiola said. “Experience helps you, especially the way I live my profession.”

Kevin De Bruyne reportedly ‘very close’ to agreeing new Manchester City contract

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 22: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during a drinks break during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venus resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Guardiola is yet to reach his 50th birthday, with the managerial careers of modern coaches now of course regularly spanning into their 70s and even 80s. Surely the Spanish icon has plenty of time left to dazzle viewers of the beautiful game?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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