Since joining City from VfL Wolfsburg in what was a £68.4 million deal back in the summer of 2015, De Bruyne has gone on to become a crucial part of the Manchester City side, scoring 60 goals and providing an astonishing 104 assists over his 246 Premier League appearances.
So far this season, the £108 million-rated 29-year-old has once again been in remarkable form over his 18 Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, scoring three goals and providing 10 assists, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.54 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the top flight.
However, after reports (as per The Athletic via The Sun) claimed that De Bruyne was annoyed at City’s latest contract offer, Romano, speaking on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, discussed whether or not it looks as if the midfielder could be on his way out of Manchester this summer.
He said: “There is still great optimism around De Bruyne to extend his contract in the coming months. They are working on it. They are negotiating with Kevin so they are so positive, Manchester City.
“They told the player that they are not going to listen to any bids or any interest from other clubs next summer. They are 100% sure he will stay. He needs to stay and he wants to stay. So they are just planning for a new contract, but he’s not moving.”
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As such, according to Romano, it seems as if De Bruyne will not be leaving City any time soon, despite his apparent frustrations with the club’s contract negotiations – something that is likely to be music to the ears of Manchester City fans.
However, in our opinion, considering that the midfielder has been the club’s best performer so far this season (as per WhoScored), as well as a fantastic servant to the team over his five and a half years in Manchester, it is slightly confusing as to why the club would decide to offer the 29-year-old less money than he is currently earning, as this is easily something that could open the door to the midfielder wanting away in the upcoming transfer window.