Kevin de Bruyne has signed a new long-term deal with Manchester City, taking him through to 2025, as per an official club statement on Wednesday morning.
The Belgium international had been in talks with the club over a new deal since late 2020, and despite a reported setback in January due to disagreements over the wage package on offer, an agreement has now been reached and de Bruyne will spend the peak years of his professional career at the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking to the official club website, de Bruyne revealed how he "couldn't be happier" at the new deal being confirmed and agreed by all parties.
"I could not be happier. Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home. I love the fans, my family are settled here in Manchester and my own game has developed really well", he said.
De Bruyne continued, “This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance, so signing this contract was a straightforward decision. I am playing the best football of my career and I honestly feel there is more to come."
The former Wolfsburg man was keen to praise Pep Guardiola, and how the pair view football and the way in which the game is played in the same way.
De Bruyne went on to say, “Pep and I see football in the same way. Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned and we want the same things."
The announcement of the new deal comes midway through the season, and although there had been a suggestion that all new contracts would wait to ensure full focus remained on the on-field activities, De Bruyne reassured that this hasn't changed from his point of view.
“My focus now is on ensuring we have a successful end to the current campaign. Our results and performances so far have been excellent, but we need to make sure we end the season with the silverware we deserve.”
Although there had been doubts over Manchester City's willingness to increase Kevin de Bruyne's pay package at the club, which was reported by reliable sources in January, it now appears as though this has changed as de Bruyne is reportedly earning more than his previous basic £300,000-a-week contract, according to Jack Gaughan.
The Mail also report that Kevin de Bruyne received 'assurances' over Manchester City's plans for the future.
The expectation now is that Manchester City will look to push on with securing the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and John Stones on new long-term deals.
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