De Bruyne signs new five-year deal
Kevin De Bruyne is targeting a treble of trophies with Manchester City this season after the runaway Premier League leaders announced last night that the Belgium midfielder had signed a new five-year contract.
De Bruyne's deal will commit him to the Etihad Stadium until June 2023 and will be worth £280,000 a week with bonuses and image rights, although that figure could rise to £18m annually if City sweep the board this term.
City's 6pm announcement on De Bruyne came at almost exactly the same time as rivals Manchester United confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez, the Chile striker for whom they had pulled out of the running after balking at the inflated costs of the deal.
Sanchez's demands would have dwarfed De Bruyne's earnings and City were fearful of destabilising their wage structure, but De Bruyne is hungry for silverware. "I have to go further with what I'm doing as a player," he said. "Trying to progress and trying to do the things so my team can win titles. We are in a good way this season but obviously the biggest part is still coming."
"Hopefully at the end of the season, we will be celebrating with a few titles."
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