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16-Nov-2020, 06:20 am

De Bruyne representing himself in Man City extension talks

Kevin De Bruyne Man City 2020

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed he is in talks with Manchester City over a contract extension and is representing himself in the absence of former agentPatrick De Koster.

A key part of Pep Guardiola's side, City are understandably keento lock De Bruynedown longer with the Belgium international likely to secure a pay rise after winning the PFA Player of the Year last season.

De Bruyne himself seems content to stay where he is and is handling initial talks by himself -stressing the situation should be easy enough to sort out.

"I am happy in Manchester. I am at a good club. Good owners. Good club. We are chatting a bit, but we are not very far in the negotiations," De Bruyne told Het Laatste Nieuws.

When asked if lawyers were involved, the midfielder replied:“Now I do it myself.I would like to stay with Man City, so it is not a difficult situation.If I didn’t want to stay, it would take someone to mediate."

De Bruyne has made 10 appearances for City in all competitions this season with seven assists and one goal to his name. Overall, the Belgian has made 232 appearances for the Premier League side, contributing 96 assists and 58 goals.

Former Barcelona star Xavi recently singled out De Bruyne as the best midfielder in the world, noting that he's likely been helped by the presence of Guardiola.

"Kevin de Bruyne, from Manchester City, seems to me of another level, brutal, he is able to make a difference. He is the best midfielder in the world and relatively young," Xavi told Qatar Airways.

"Pep is the best manager in the world. Hehas given a twist to our sport. He is very good for what he transmits andhis leadership ability. In addition, the way he convinced us, he is very good."

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