Manchester City have insisted that star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is '100% untouchable' ahead of the summer transfer window, despite the prolonged negotiations over a new bumper contract extension at the Etihad Stadium.
The Belgian midfielder had opened talks with the current Premier League leaders towards the back end of last year, leading the negotiations personally given his desire to remain at the club for what is expected to be the remainder of his top-level football playing career.
Despite the setback in January, whereby De Bruyne rejected the first proposal from Manchester City due to the unfair financial reflection on his contribution to the club since his arrival in 2015, all parties remain confident of striking an agreement - albeit in time as opposed to any time in the immediate future.
According to Fabrizio Romano in his weekly column for CBS Sport, Manchester City are not willing to listen any bids for the 29-year-old this summer, as the club unsurprisingly deem the player as '100% untouchable'.
Romano claims that the representatives of the Belgian international, along with the relevant personnel within Manchester City, are 'making progress' in negotiations to extend the contract. The information is brought to a close with the line, 'an agreement could be completed sooner than later'.
Kevin De Bruyne made his return from a hamstring injury in midweek, during Manchester City's 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park - extending their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 10 points.
The former Wolfsburg and Chelsea man then followed up his return from the substitutes bench with a start at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday - a match in which Manchester City battled to a 1-0 victory over Mikel Arteta's side to maintain their lead at the top.
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