Manchester City are confident of securing a new deal for Kevin De Bruyne with the club having made ‘good progress’ over a contract that will keep the midfielder at the Etihad for the rest of his career.
The club’s hierarchy have held positive talks with the star’s representatives over a new five-year deal for the Belgium international, with City desperate to secure the future of a player regarded amongst the finest in world football.
De Bruyne was named as the PFA Player of the Year last season despite a disappointing campaign for City after equalling Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20 assists in a single season, the midfielder having been described as behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher last month.
City are now keen to reward De Bruyne for his sublime performances and, according to the Times, expect the 29-year-old to put pen to paper on a new contract after making ‘good progress’ in negotiations.
De Bruyne is understood to be prepared to commit the rest of his career to Pep Guardiola’s side after a hugely successful period since signing from Wolfsburg five years ago, the Belgian having won two league titles amongst seven major honours since moving to the Etihad.
The news will be a welcome boost to City who have the majority of their key personnel tied to long-term contracts, though decisions are yet to be made on the futures of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Eric Garcia with each of the trio out-of-contract at the season’s end.
Fernandinho signed a new one-year extension earlier this year and it is expected his season will be evaluated given the midfielder turned 35 in May, whilst Garcia is believed to be keen on an exit amid continued speculation of interest from Barcelona.