Delight for Guardiola as De Bruyne officially commits future to Man City

Date published: Wednesday 7th April 2021 10:15 - Samuel Bannister

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Kevin De Bruyne has extended his contract with Manchester City until 2025, pledging the rest of his prime years to the club.

The Belgium international’s previous deal was due to expire in 2023. He turns 30 in June but is still at his peak and now has confirmed he will be staying at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world since joining City from Wolfsburg in 2015. In the time since, he has won seven major trophies. He has every chance of adding to that tally this season, with City still in the running in four competitions.

Despite everything he has achieved so far, De Bruyne believes the best is yet to come.

“I could not be happier. Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home,” he said. “I love the fans, my family are settled here in Manchester and my own game has developed really well.

“This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance, so signing this contract was a straightforward decision.

“I am playing the best football of my career and I honestly feel there is more to come.

“Pep and I see football in the same way. Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things.

“My focus now is on ensuring we have a successful end to the current campaign. Our results and performances so far have been excellent, but we need to make sure we end the season with the silverware we deserve.”

De Bruyne won the award for the PFA player of the year in 2020 and could be in contention again this year. So far this season, he has provided seven goals and 16 assists.

Only Tottenham striker Harry Kane has made more assists than him in the Premier League this season.

De Bruyne currently serves as City’s vice captain and his influence will now continue over the next few years.

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Begiristain hails De Bruyne

City director of football Txiki Begiristain described the playmaker as one of the best players in the world.

Begiristain said: “This is a very significant moment for this football club. Kevin is, without question, one of the best players in world football.

“His performance level has been remarkably consistent since coming to City, and in the last few years he has developed into one of the game’s elite players.

“His talent is unquestionable – but he is also a consummate professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here has been nothing short of remarkable. He constantly seeks to improve, and his approach is the perfect blueprint for any young player looking to carve out a career.

“We are delighted he is our player and I look forward to watching him during his peak years here at Manchester City.”

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