KEVIN DE BRUYNE INKS NEW DEAL
While although Manchester City may be letting one of their crown jewels go in the summer, that is seemingly as far as the big name exits go for the foreseeable and as the hunt to land Sergio Aguero now gets underway, the Etihad outfit have announced the extension of Kevin De Bruyne’s services.
The Belgian has today put pen to paper on a new four-year deal and with nothing tangible in the way of transfer talk regarding the midfielder, the signing of a new contract was nothing more than a formality.
One that will see the 29-year-old commit his future to the Etihad outfit for another four years and for someone who will be 33 by the time his new deal expires, this could well be his last contract with the club.
With that said, the fact that he is going to be in City colours for four more years (bar an early and unlikely sale), is certainly bad news for his Premier League counterparts and the biggest teams on the continent.
Despite his campaign being interrupted by injuries, De Bruyne has scored eight goals and provided 16 assists in 33 appearances. Which just goes to show that even at half measures, he is still a player to be feared.
Such is the announcement of De Bruyne’s stay in Manchester, it will at least help his employers continue their domestic dominance and after last night’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, it may also aid their hopes of finally landing the Champions League.
After putting pen to paper, the former Wolfsburg midfielder had this to say:
"Signing this contract was a straightforward decision. This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance."
Of course, one should not forget that the player who previously plied his trade at Chelsea was initially under contract until 2023 and all today’s news signifies, is a two-year extension to what was already in place.
However, it does show that Manchester City are ready to keep the names they feel can help them land more trophies and although that is not a disservice to Sergio Aguero, you could argue that they’ve hardly missed him this season.
If you take Aguero out of the City starting eleven, he can be replaced by either Gabriel Jesus or any of the false nine options that Pep Guardiola can call upon. However, if you were to take Kevin De Bruyne out of the team on a long-term basis, you would see this team begin to stutter.
When it comes to stuttering, City were certainly guilty of that before Christmas and it is no coincidence that their positive strides up the table, have largely coincided with De Bruyne being fully fit.
While even when the fearsome Belgian gets on the wrong side 30, it is hard to see him losing his edge and if only because his distribution is so accurate, that any loss of pace is not an issue. Which means good news for Manchester City, bad news for just about everyone else.