Manchester City manager unaware of release clause in De Bruyne’s contract

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

Like De Bruyne, Guardiola has committed his future to City with a contract extension and the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is settled at the Etihad Stadium. Then again most just couldn't lose a player of De Bruyne's quality.

De Bruyne, 27, is injured, though Guardiola confirmed the player is making good progress and was still on course for a return before Christmas.

"He's an incredible boy", Guardiola said.

'The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents. "I'm sorry, he is not for sale".

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He also said he envisages finishing his coaching career in Barcelona's academy. "And I said, 'When there is trouble, he will be there"'. "I want to try, for sure. if they want me".

Speaking ahead of City's Premier League clash with Fulham on Saturday, Guardiola clarified that he had in fact meant that, as far he is concerned, £250m wouldn't be a high enough fee for the Belgium midfielder. The Catalan agreed a two-year contract extension in May that ties him to the club until June 2021.

Last season De Bruyne scored eight goals for the Premier League champions and aso came up with 16 assists as the team broke all sorts of records in England. "I'm at the club that interests me, with Ferran Soriano, Txiki (Begiristain), who I have known since we were in the reserves".

"Here [City] I feel very good, very protected from football", he said.

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