Kevin De Bruyne rejects Man City’s initial contract offer
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has rejected the club’s first offer of a new contract after being unimpressed with the terms on offer.
90 mins understand that City have been in talks with De Bruyne on a new contract for more than a year in an effort to avoid allowing the Belgian playmaker to approach the expiration of his current contract in 2023.
According to Belgian media outlet HLN, talks are still not at an advanced stage as De Bruyne snubbed the first offer put on the table by City, with the 29-year-old believing he is worth more than what City have shown willing to to offer.
De Bruyne, who currently earns almost £ 310,000 a week after bonuses, considers himself the best player in the Premier League and wants a salary that reflects that.
This view is supported by The Times, which suggests that De Bruyne is concerned that players like Manchester United’s David de Gea and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil have higher base salaries than him.
De Bruyne is in no rush to leave City and has underlined his commitment to the club amid the uncertainty created by Cityzens’ Champions League ban, which was lifted in July, but he wishes to see its importance to the club. ‘team recognized in a new treat.
Further talks are planned between City and De Bruyne in the coming months. The midfielder is representing himself in negotiations after severing ties with former agent Patrick De Koster, who was arrested in August for mismanagement.
City hope to reach a positive resolution in the near future as they are aware that De Bruyne will not run out of offers if he lets his contract run out.
Rumors linking De Bruyne to a move away from the Etihad stadium have always been quite unconvincing, but Real Madrid and Juventus have been speculatively credited with an interest in the 29-year-old in the past.
De Bruyne underlined his importance to City in Sunday’s 3-1 win over former employer Chelsea, playing as a striker and pulling the strings to score a goal and assist in the game.
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