Kevin De Bruyne will remain a player of Manchester City until June 30, 2025, which means that his new contract will expire when he turns 34-year-old.
Manchester City announced on Wednesday, April 7, that the Belgium international has extended his stay at the Premier League club until 2025 less than two years before the expiration of his former contract with the club.
Though the club is yet to disclose how much the 29-year-old Belgian attacking midfielder would earn based on his new contract with the club, it was reported that his former contract earned him about £18,200,000-per-year.
In an interview with the club’s official website after he extended his stay at the Etihad Stadium, De Bruyne who has been a player of Manchester City since 2015 said the club has surpassed his expectation.
“When I came here it was with big expectations and they exceeded every expectation in every part,” De Bruyne said.
“To compete in every cup competition, every title, every Champions League, every FA Cup – and doing it the right way, the way we play, excites me. I don’t know why I would change that.”
On why he decided to sign a long-term contract with Manchester City at age 29, the Belgium international said he didn’t just do it for himself, he did it for his wife, Michele Lacroix, and his three kids – Mason Milian De Bruyne, Rome De Bruyne, and Suri De Bruyne.
He said he likes the fact that they are all settled in the city of Manchester and he has a positive feeling about Manchester City.
“[My family being settled] is obviously really important,” Kevin De Bruyne said. “I don’t have to just think about myself – I have my wife and three kids.
“We have been really happy here and my kids were born here, so they are basically half Manc!
“They are really happy and the feeling I have with the club is so positive. There was no thought at all about switching teams, so it was fairly easy on my part.
“I feel proud because I’ve been here now for six years and obviously this feels like home. The longest time I’ve been at a club is here.
“To get the extension now at my age feels like a very proud moment because it means they trust me until I get really old in football terms! I feel really happy, and my family is also really proud, so that’s really nice.”
Kevin De Bruyne joined Manchester City from Wolfsburg on August 30, 2015, for a transfer fee worth €76 million. Since then, the attacking midfielder had scored 65 goals and provided 105 assists in 255 games in all competitions.
De Bruyne has helped Manchester City to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, 4 EFL Cups, and one Community Shield. He is on the verge of helping the club to win another Premier League title in the ongoing 2020-2021 season. He might also help City to land the club’s first UEFA Champions League title at the end of this season.