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'I'm pretty sure that he will stay' - Guardiola hopeful De Bruyne will sign new Man City contract

06-Jan-2021, 12:26 am

Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2020-21

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has expressed his confidence that star midfielder Kevin DeBruyne will commit to a new deal with the club.

The Belgian joined City fromWolfsburgin August 2015 in a club-record £55 million ($67m)deal, and signed a five-year contract in January 2018.

Though his contract won't expire for another two-and-a-half-years, City are keen to tie the playmaker down to fresh terms that will keep him at the club for even longer.

According to a report in The Times,De Bruyne rejected City's initial contact offer this week and was unhappy with the terms that were presented to him.

Guardiola, though, believes that De Bruyne will eventually sign a new deal, but has admitted that he is in the dark about the negotiation process.

"I'm pretty sure that he will stay but at the same time we have to respect the process," Guardiola told Sky Sports.

"I don't know what's going on because I didn't speak withTxiki Begiristain, Man City director of footballbut he knows how we perceive him - not just as a football player, but as a person, how important he is for the club.But I'm not worried.

"At the end it's his decision and hopefully it's going to finish well."

De Bruyne has scored three goals and added 12 assists in all competitions this season as City look to regain thePremier League title they lost to Liverpool last season, as well as win their first Champions League title.

Following a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday, City have drawn to within four points of league-leading duo Manchester United and Liverpool, though they have a game in hand on the former and two in hand on the latter.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, City have advanced past the group stage and will take on Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the round of 16.

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