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Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne is getting closer to signing a new contract with Manchester City.
The 29-year-old has been with the club since 2015 and signed his last contract in 2018. The assist king still has two and a half years on his current contract, but City and the midfielder are in positive talks to extend his stay further. .
De Bruyne had previously hinted at a possible exit when City were initially excluded from European competition in 2020, but his change of mind following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to overturn that decision is evident.
Since their Champions League ban was lifted in July 2020, City have felt more comfortable tying their talisman to an even longer deal.
The talks between Belgium’s vice captain and City are now said to be going in the right direction, according to the transfer news aggregator. Fabrizio Romano.
The 2020 PFA Player of the Year has been running negotiations on his own since his former agent Patrick de Koster was investigated after a complaint related to alleged financial mismanagement by the player’s own father.
His willingness to negotiate without an agent has been presented as his desire to commit to the club. He said VTM News in November 2020: “Right now I’m doing the talks myself. I would like to stay at 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 that difficult.”
If De Bruyne puts pen to paper, he is expected to become the highest paid player in the Premier League alongside teammate Raheem Sterling, earning £ 400,000 a week as revealed last year by 90min.