De Bruyne set for Man City stay

City’s De Bruyne close to new long-term deal

City’s De Bruyne close to new long-term deal

His superb performances this season have helped City open up an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League and reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

City's move to tie down De Bruyne is the latest step in the club's concerted drive to secure the long-term futures of key members of Pep Guardiola's squad, with Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Ederson all in line for new deals by or before next summer.

De Bruyne was signed from Wolfsburg in August 2015 for £55m and, given his form and recent transfer-fee inflation, could be expected to fetch about double that now.

Under the new deal, expected to be signed next month, the player's basic wage would rise to above £200,000-a-week with substantial bonuses.

De Bruyne has been arguably the Premier League's outstanding player this season, helping unbeaten City storm to the top of the table with six goals and eight assists.

Mendy, it seems, was among those captivated by the 26-year-old and when the interviewer asked him if he was exhausted, he said De Bruyne was not.

City do not foresee any problems over negotiations as De Bruyne is settled in Cheshire with his family and keen to stay at the club longer.

"I've no feeling to go anywhere else and enjoy being part of the project here and playing the kind of football we are playing", the Belgian said in the match programme ahead of City's 4-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Azpilicueta is right to come out as one of the leaders of the team saying we still have a chance. De Bruyne is benefiting from a summer break.

"It makes a difference because the last four or five years I don't ever really remember having a good break before the new season began".

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