Manchester City are said to be hopeful of being able to tie Kevin de Bruyne down to a new long-term deal after making an improved offer.
City are a team awash with quality and talent in virtually every department, though there is no doubt that Kevin de Bruyne is the jewel in the league leaders’ crown, the Belgian having developed into one of the finest creative midfielders in world football since his move from Wolfsburg in 2015.
He underlined his quality last season as he equalled Thierry Henry’s long-standing Premier League assist record, laying on 20 goals for his teammates while netting 13 times himself, following that up this season with three goals and another 11 assists, despite being restricted to just 20 starts.
The 29-year-old still has two years left to run on his current deal at the Etihad where he is already the club’s highest earner on £310,000-a-week, though has already rejected an improved deal earlier this season.
According to the Times, however, talks have continued, with both parties now hopeful a deal can be agreed, with City having offered their star man terms that are described as ‘more agreeable’. While the report says he would expect a ‘rise’ on his current salary, there are no suggestions of by how much, or how long the new deal would be over.
De Bruyne is said to be ‘content’ at the East Manchester club, with a deal potentially being struck before the end of the season.
City are currently 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League following their Manchester derby defeat at the weekend, though with just 10 games remaining, are odds on favourites to secure a third Premier League title in four years.