Kevin de Bruyne is prepared to turn his back on European football’s giants and commit his best years to Manchester City.
The Belgium playmaker is on the brink of signing a contract extension, taking him to the top of the Blues’ pay-scale at around £250,000-per-week.
De Bruyne’s outstanding form this season has caught the eyes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, even though his value could rocket to £150million.
But he has revealed he and his young family are delighted with life in England and that he wants to stay as part of the Pep Guardiola revolution.
The 26-year-old is currently on around £160,000-a-week, but City have offered a big improvement on that to reflect his new-found worth.
They are said to be offering a basic salary of £200,000-a-week in a new three-year deal packed with incentives and potential bonuses which could see him pocket as much as £50,000-a-week more.
Record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero is currently the club’s biggest earner on £250,000-a-week, and De Bruyne’s new deal would put him in the same earning bracket as the legendary striker.
De Bruyne, who has scored seven goals and provided 11 assists this season, was not a force to reckon with at Chelsea early in his career but has emerged as City’s most influential player — and one of the most coveted in Europe.
He moved to Manchester from German club Wolfsburg for £54million in 2015 and will still have three years left on his current deal at the end of this season.
Credit: Mirror Sport