It has been a fantastic week for Manchester City and their supporters. A Champions League first-leg victory over Dortmund and a contract extension by playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne has laid to bed any debate of a Manchester exit following his and the club’s announcement of signing a new long-term deal. His new contract keeps him at the Etihad for the next four years, until 2025.
That’s an extra two years added on to his old deal and now finally lets us know he will be retiring at the club he has seen his most success as a footballer – winning multiple major honours for his club and almost a countless amount of individual awards.
Why was it important for de Bruyne to commit his long-term future to Manchester City?
The Belgian world-beater had two years left on his contract and is arguably one of the best playmakers in the game today, worldwide.
If he had reached the final year of his old contract, some of Europe’s giants would have undoubtedly come knocking – and the asking price for him would have had to be reduced to a total possibly lower than his then club record fee reported to be £55million (€75 million), which they paid back in 2015.
Now . . .