Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said he is in discussions with the Premier League club regarding a contract extension.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined City from Wolfsburg in 2015 for £55 million, and his current deal with the Etihad club set to expire in 2023.
However, while on international duty with Belgium, the former Genk, Chelsea and Wolfsburg midfielder told VTM Nieuws that he is eager to extend his deal.
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"I'm happy in Manchester, I'm at a good club (with) good owners," said De Bruyne.
We are a bit in talks, not advanced. At the moment I am doing the talks myself.
"I would like to stay with the club, so it's easy. If I didn't want to stay, it would take someone to mediate. But when you want to stay, it's not so difficult."
De Bruyne, a three-time City player of the year award winner, added the PFA Players' Player of the Year award to the list of his accolades last season after providing a record-equalling 20 assists, alongside 13 goals. The midfielder has won two Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup with City.
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Manchester City were the subject of Dean Jones’ first Inside Football column last Friday. Every Tuesday and Friday, Jones will take you inside the transfer market to reveal what deals are in the offing, and what plans are afoot at Europe's biggest clubs.
At the head of City’s list of priorities, Jones wrote, was to secure Pep Guardiola to a new contract, and also to tie down star players De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling to improved, long-term deals.
Jones added that Sterling and De Bruyne could become the league’s highest earners:
In terms of the current team, De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are the two most high-profile and sources state that plans are being worked upon to convince both to sign improved deals of their own. City recognise their value and cannot allow an avenue to open up where either leaves anytime soon. Both players are contracted until 2023 yet ideally the club want both on five-year agreements. Negotiations may even open before the new year and it is thought both players would earn rises that take them in excess of £400,000-a-week. The pair could feasibly become the league’s highest earners.
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