Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne’s scintillating early season form looks set to earn him a bumper pay-rise at the Ethihad, according to reports in The Telegraph.
The Belgium international still has four years left on the six-year contract he signed when he joined City in a club-record £55 million deal from Wolfsburg.
De Bruyne has been excellent throughout his time at City but his superb performances this season clearly show that the 25-year-old is beginning to take his game to the next level. He is widely regarded as being the best player in the Premier League and one of the best in Europe at the moment.
City boss Pep Guardiola and the club’s board are eager to reward the attacking-midfielder for his sensational form with a new and improved contract.
However, the Manchester club’s hierarchy may be slightly alarmed by comments that the Belgians agent Patrick De Koster made recently stating that he would be pushing for any deal to include wages on a par with Neymars £32m per-year salary or £600,000 per week deal at PSG.
“In the coming months, I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract,”
“His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe are being paid [at PSG], you can picture it…” De Koster said in a interview with Radio CRC in Italy.
De Bruyne definitly deserves to be classed as one of the top players in the world in terms of ability, although whether the quiet and down-to-earth Belgian is quite as marketable as PSG’s Brazilian superstar is debatable.
This is of course probably no more than the usual games that agents play when trying to negotiate a big-money contract for one of their star-players.
De Bruyne has repeatedly spoken of his happiness in Manchester and the enjoyment he gets from working with such an innovative-attacking coach as Guardiola, so Citizens fans need not worry too much.
However, City should probably just pay the man whatever he wants considering he just made the PS Football Premier League Team Of The Week yet again after his virtuoso display against Stoke last weekend.
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