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Manchester City Close To Offer Their Belgian A New Deal: A Good Move For The Future?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly close to signing a new deal with Manchester City as a reward for his recent performances for the side. His current contract is set to end in another 4 years, the one he signed in 2015 after making a switch from Bundesliga side, Wolfsburg.

De Bruyne has questionably been the best player for the Citizens this season under Per Guardiola with 7 goals and 11 assists in 24 appearances. Manchester City have already broken away from the pack with an 11 point lead at the top of the table and a heavy favourite to contend for the Champions League trophy this season.

Guardiola, in his tenure with the club, has transformed the side completely with top talents in almost every position. A more developed and refined form of tiki-taka has been implemented with De Bruyne as the talisman to carry it out.

The Belgian’s current extension will hopefully fend off interests from European powerhouses like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich even if they come up with a record-breaking offer.

De Bruyne is a heavy regret in the hearts of Chelsea fans. After failing to appear for the senior side, the 26-year-old took his talents to Germany on a season-long loan to Werder Bremen. His return to Chelsea, however, turned sour with then manager, Mourinho dubbing him as not good enough. De Bruyne was allowed to leave on a £16.7m (€20m) transfer fee to Wolfsburg where he developed his game with registering 20 goals and 37 assists in 73 appearances.

He also became a first-team regular for the national side, Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign and helped the side qualify for a major tournament in 12 years. He has so far registered 13 goals in 58 international caps and is still a key component ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

He attracted attention from all European sides but decided to side with Manchester City and return to the Premier League on a £54.5m transfer fee from Wolfsburg. De Bruyne came back into the league with a chip on his shoulder to prove himself and he surely did. Cementing himself in the first team under Manuel Pellegrini, he has continued his impressive bout till date.

His current contract pays him a wage of around £115,000 a week and is about to increase by huge strides with the new extension. City have already extended the contract of David Silva and are eager to approach youngsters, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus as well.

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