Kevin De Bruyne has dropped a hint that he could quit Manchester City if the club’s Champions League ban is upheld. The Belgian playmaker insists that his future at the Etihad Stadium will not be influenced by whether Pep Guardiola sticks around, however.
De Bruyne has admitted he is concerned over UEFA’s decision to ban City from European competitions for two seasons for breaching FFP regulations.
He is approaching the peak years of his career and will “review” his situation when a decision over the club’s appeal is made.
“I’m just waiting,” De Bruyne said. “The club has told us that they are going to appeal – and that they are almost 100 per cent sure that they are right. That’s why I’m waiting to see what will happen. I trust my team.
“Once the statement is made, I will review everything. Two years would be long. In the case of one year I might see.”
De Bruyne is the key component of Guardiola’s team and has established himself as one of the world’s top players under the Catalan’s management.
A host of clubs would be on alert if De Bruyne does decide to push for an exit. Real Madrid and Barcelona are fans, while Bayern Munich attempted to secure his services from Wolfsburg before City swooped in 2015.
De Bruyne said: “To be honest, I’m very happy with City. I play for one of the best teams in the world, play in England – for my competitive view the best competition – and I like that.
“It remains a challenge to be the best and I need that too.
“What is coming is coming. But it’s not that I’ve tried to leave City in those five years.
“I have also remained calm for my previous transfers. I have never had any problems and have always waited for my moment.”
Published at Sat, 02 May 2020 16:40:00 +0000