Wednesday 20 March 2019

Kevin De Bruyne's Manchester City release clause revealed as €250m

Kevin De Bruyne. Photo: PA
Kevin De Bruyne. Photo: PA

James Ducker

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Kevin De Bruyne has a €250 million (£223 million) release clause in his Manchester City contract.

The clause was inserted in the six-year contract the City midfielder signed in January that made him the highest paid player at the Premier League champions.

City view De Bruyne as central to their long-term plans as they target domestic and European dominance and the clause is a deterrent to would-be suitors. De Bruyne has attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona in the past.

“He's an incredible boy,” Guardiola said. “The clause is €250m. I'm sorry, he's not for sale. He's very good. He's a very dynamic player.

“De Bruyne does everything and everything well, but still has room to grow. I recently met his parents and understood a lot about why he is a fantastic guy.”

Speaking on Bein Sports, Guardiola also revealed he would like to manage a national team in the future. Argentina offered him the chance to take charge of the national side this summer but the City manager rebuffed the offer.

He also said he envisages finishing his coaching career in Barcelona’s academy. The City manager’s career in coaching started out with Barcelona’s B team.

“If given the opportunity, I want to coach a national team,” he said. “I want to try, for sure... if they want me. Argentina? No, thank you. I will finish where I started: my last steps will hopefully be in the academy of Barça.”

For now, though, Guardiola insists he is very happy at City. The Catalan agreed a two-year contract extension in May that ties him to the club until June 2021.

“Here [City] I feel very good, very protected from football,” he said. “I'm at the club that interests me, with Ferran Soriano, Txiki (Begiristain), who I have known since we were in the reserves. I do not feel judged by a defeat or victory.”

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