Pep Guardiola Can’t Influence Kevin De Bruyne to stay or leave Manchester City

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Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says the decision of the club’s coach Pep Guardiola can not influence his own decision as a player.

The future of the 28-year-old Belgian international at Manchester City is uncertain despite having about three years in his current contract with the club.

This is also the case of Pep Guardiola and other big names at the club due to a two-year ban from European competitions slammed on the club for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Though the club has appealed the case, pundits doubt if Pep will agree to extend his contract which will expire next year if the club fails to win the appeal and return to Champions League football.

In an interview with Belgian media Het Laatste Nieuws, Kevin De Bruyne said he is also following the proceedings of the appeal and he would look at the outcome before he makes his next move.

He said he could afford to wait for a year without Champions League football but waiting for two years seems too long for him.

Kevin De Bruyne is Happy in Manchester City

Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne
Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne, however, noted that he enjoys life at Manchester City and in the Premier League which he described as the best league in the world in terms of competitiveness.

He said: “I’m not going to make a decision based on what [Pep Guardiola] does. The last few years a lot of clubs have enquired, and have asked after my future plans, but I’m very happy at Manchester City.

“We’ll have to wait, but I’m not going to make a decision based on what he does of course. I have already worked under other managers and when Pep leaves, I have to continue working with someone else.

“The last few years a lot of clubs have enquired, and have asked after my future plans, but I’m very happy at Manchester City. I play for one of the best teams in the world, I play in England, in my eyes from a competitive point of view it’s the best league.

“It’s a challenge to be the best here and to win. That’s something I need to keep on going in my career. Whatever will come, will come.”

Manchester City is currently placed second on the Premier League table; the club was very close to qualifying for the quarterfinal round of the Champions League before the 2019-2020 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.