In the aftermath of the confirmed contract renewal of Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City on Wednesday morning, additional details regarding the talks between all parties involved and the crucial factors that got the deal over the line are coming to light.
The 29 year-old has put pen to paper on an extension to his current deal with the runaway Premier League leaders, taking him through to 2025 - which would mark a decade of service in the Sky Blue of Manchester City.
Despite the setbacks in early January due to minor disagreements over wage packages and bonuses, a deal has been reached between all parties - although it was never really in doubt given De Bruyne's eagerness to remain at the club beyond the end of his then-current deal.
As reported by both Jack Gaughan of the Mail and Sam Lee of the Athletic, Kevin de Bruyne's renewed terms at Manchester City have seen an increase in terms of earnings, albeit not a significant increase.
Perhaps more interestingly, as revealed by Sam Lee, Kevin de Bruyne wanted assurances from Manchester City during negotiations over fresh terms that the club would do all they could to win the Champions League during his time at the Etihad. With a deal now reached, one would presume that this was confirmed by club officials during talks.
Sam Lee also reveals that during talks between Kevin de Bruyne and the club's key decision makers, the names of Manchester City's summer transfer targets were also discussed - and after weighing up both of the aforementioned factors, the Belgium international was 'satisfied' that the club would continue to 'meet his ambitions'.
A key area for Manchester City to strengthen in during the upcoming summer transfer window will be striker - and despite Pep Guardiola downplaying the idea of spending significant funds to secure the likes of Erling Haaland, who is valued by Borussia Dortmund at in excess of €150 million, the club still have their firm focus on the Norwegian.
However, there are back-up options for the club which could come at much cheaper costs. The likes of Benfica's Darwin Nunez and Southampton's Danny Ings have both been linked with interest, but nothing more at this stage.
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