Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed new contract talks with Man City | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed he is in early talks with the club over a new contract and is even conducting negotiations himself because he is happy to stay.
De Bruyne’s current City contract, signed in 2018, still has over two-and-a-half years to run until the summer of 2023. But City are not keen to let the superstar Belgian get any near to the end of the deal and want to secure his future sooner rather than later.
Man City are keen for De Bruyne to stay | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
90min revealed earlier this month that City are prepared to make De Bruyne and teammate Raheem Sterling the highest paid players in the Premier League on new contracts worth £400,000 per week.
De Bruyne was close to signing a new contract earlier this year until negotiations stalled when agent Patrick de Koster was investigated by Belgian police following a complaint relating to alleged financial mismanagement from the player’s own father.
De Bruyne has now confirmed the talks are ongoing and he has so far been negotiating solo.
“I am happy in Manchester. I am at a good club. Good owners,” the 29-year-old VTM Nieuws.
De Bruyne is ‘happy’ in Manchester | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images
“We are a bit in talks – not advanced. At the moment I am doing the talks myself. I would like to stay with the club, so it’s easy. If I didn’t want to stay, it would take someone to mediate. But when you want to stay, it’s not so difficult.”
De Bruyne’s future at City beyond the end of last season had been the subject of growing uncertainty when the club was subject to a two-year Champions League ban.
Had City been expelled from European competition it could have forced De Bruyne to look elsewhere in order to be playing in the Champions League while still at his peak. The ban was later overturned on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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