Kevin De Bruyne is in talks over a new Man City contract | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Manchester City have been described as making ‘good progress’ in new contract talks with star Kevin De Bruyne that could see him commit virtually the rest of his career to the club.
De Bruyne, who last signed a new long-term contract in 2018, played the best football of his career last season and equalled the Premier League record for assists in a single season. He also scored 16 goals of his own and is generally believed to be among the world’s best midfielders.
De Bruyne equalled the Premier League assist record in 2019/20 | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
The Belgian was one of a number of players briefly linked with the possibility of a move away from City last season when a two-year ban from the Champions League was hanging over the club.
That ban threatened to deny De Bruyne, 29, the chance to play in and potentially win the Champions League at his peak, but it was fully lifted on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The latest on his future comes from The Times, explaining that City are moving towards an agreement over a five-year contract until the summer of 2025. Recent talks have been described as ‘positive’ and more are planned. It is suggested that unless there are any unforeseen hurdles, a new deal could be agreed and announced in the coming months.
De Bruyne’s current contract runs until 2023, so there is no pressure on securing fresh terms from that perspective, but the proposed new deal is a sign of the mutual long-term commitment between the player and the club.
De Bruyne will have just celebrated his 34th birthday by the time the new five-year deal expires at the end of June 2025 and will have been a City player for 10 years by that point, matching the decade-long stay of City legend and former teammate David Silva.
De Bruyne was a club record £55m signing for City from Wolfsburg in 2015, marking his return to England after infamously being passed over by Chelsea. He has won seven major trophies in those five seasons to date, including two phenomenal Premier League title triumphs.
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