Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has a €250 million (£223 million) buyout clause in his contract and that the Belgium international is not for sale.
The tactician spoke to Universo Valdano (h/t Goal Jamie Smith), heaping praise on De Bruyne:
“He’s very good. He’s a very dynamic player.
“[Leeds United boss] Marcelo Bielsa told me he was his favourite player. He does everything.
“The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents.
“He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250 million. I’m sorry, he’s not for sale.”
Per the report, the 27-year-old signed a contract extension in January, committing his future to the Sky Blues.
A star prospect from Genk’s academy, De Bruyne was snapped up by Chelsea in 2012 but never made a major impact for the Blues. He impressed on loan at Werder Bremen and moved to Wolfsburg in January 2014, where he developed into a star playmaker.
His strong form saw him rewarded with a transfer back to England, joining City in the summer of 2015. De Bruyne has been a smash hit with the club, winning the City Player of the Year award on two occasions and one Premier League title.
According to former footballer Robbie Savage, the Belgian is part of the league’s best midfield unit:
There has been remarkably little transfer speculation surrounding De Bruyne the past two years, especially when compared to some of his international team-mates. Thibaut Courtois finally joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in the summer, and things are never quiet regarding Eden Hazard.