REPORT: Manchester City in Talks With Kevin De Bruyne Over New Contract

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Manchester City are in talks with Kevin De Bruyne over a new contract, according to Paul Hirst of The Times.

The Manchester Evening News is also reporting that the Belgian is close to agreeing a new five-year deal.

Kevin De Bruyne Close to Agreeing a New Deal With Manchester City

Potential to Become a Club Legend

A five-year deal for the 29-year-old Belgian midfielder could see him become a legend at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne’s scintillating performances have seen him become not just popular among City fans, but also Premier League.

The 29-year-old has gone from strength to strength since moving to Manchester City in 2015. He registered 16 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances during his first season, as City won their fourth Carabao Cup trophy.

However, his rise can also be accredited to the arrival of Pep Guardiola, as his impressive displays have only increased under the Spaniard.

During Guardiola’s first two seasons with the club, De Bruyne registered a combined 19 goals and 39 assists. The Belgian also averaged a pass completion rate of 83%, as well as making over two key passes per game.

However, it was last season when the Manchester City midfielder really excelled. Despite losing out on the league title to Liverpool, De Bruyne earned the Player of the Season trophy after scoring 16 goals and registering 22 assists in all competitions.

Why Keeping the Belgian is so Important for Manchester City

Agreeing a new five-year contract with De Bruyne could be vitally important for the future of Manchester City.

The Belgian can become a staple in their midfield – even at the age of 29, and even after the departure of Pep Guardiola. De Bruyne can follow in the footsteps of David Silva, who has been heralded as the best player to player for the club, and one of the best midfielders ever to play in the Premier League.

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