Kevin De Bruyne signs new four-year Man City deal worth over £ 16m per season as the Etihad club flexes financial muscles to sign the Premier League’s best player a day after losing out of £ 126 million.
- Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne has committed his future to the club
- The Belgian has struck a deal to increase his current wage of £ 300,000 a week
- The conditions could make him the highest paid player in the Premier League
- When De Bruyne sees the contract, he hits a decade with the English outfit
Kevin De Bruyne was able to retire from Manchester City after signing a new four-year contract.
The talisman of the club, which scored the opener on Tuesday in the 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund, is itself in contract talks with two lawyers.
De Bruyne, 29, put on paper a deal on Monday that was worth more than his previous £ 300,000 a week before bonuses, making him one of the Premier League’s biggest earners.
Kevin De Bruyne was able to stop at Manchester City after signing a new four-year contract
De Bruyne, pictured with football director Txiki Begiristain, put pen to paper for a new deal
It’s a big boost for City and the midfielder has reportedly been reassured by the club’s plans as they aim to win a first Champions League crown this season.
De Bruyne will hit a decade at the Etihad Stadium when he sees his contract, a reflection of the longevity of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
“I couldn’t be happier,” he said.
‘Since I joined City in 2015, I have felt at home. I love the fans, my family is based here in Manchester and my game has developed very well.
De Bruyne is Pep Guardiola’s chief lieutenant and the driving force behind the club’s success
THE BEST EARNING STARS OF PREMIER LEAGUE
David De Gea – £ 375,000 a week
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £ 350,000 per week
Kevin De Bruyne – £ 300,000 (no bonuses) – previous deal
Raheem Sterling – £ 300,000 a week
Paul Pogba – £ 270,000 a week
Anthony Martial – £ 250,000 per week
Sergio Aguero – £ 220,000 per week
Mo Salah- £ 220.00 per week
Ben Chilwell – £ 190,000 a week
Virgil van Dijk – £ 180,000-a-week
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‘This football club is set for success. It provides me with everything I need to maximize my performance, so signing this contract was an easy decision.
“I play the best football of my career and I really feel that there is more to come.”
De Bruyne was crowned PFA Player of the Year last season after equaling Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a league campaign.
“Pep and I see football in the same way,” added the Belgian.
“Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our goals are completely aligned and we want the same things.
‘My focus now is on ensuring a successful end to the current campaign. Our results and performance so far have been excellent, but we need to make sure we close the season with the silverware we deserve. ‘
A new deal for De Bruyne was first suggested 13 months ago, but the player has remained relaxed during the negotiations.
City made the announcement less than 24 hours after revealing financial losses of £ 126 million for last season. Their labor costs are the highest since Guardiola arrived – £ 351 million last year.
Sporting director Txiki Begiristain said: “Kevin is without a doubt one of the best players in world football. His level of performance has been remarkably constant since he came to City, and in recent years he has developed into one of the elite players of the game.
De Bruyne joins David De Gea and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a top earner when bonuses are added to the new terms he has signed with City
De Bruyne was crowned PFA Player of the Year last year after equaling Thierry Henry’s record number of assists in a Premier League season.
His talent is indisputable – but he is also a consummate professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here is nothing short of remarkable.
He’s constantly trying to improve and his approach is the perfect blueprint for any young player looking to advance in a career.
“We are delighted that he is our player and I look forward to seeing him during his peak years here at Manchester City.”