Kevin De Bruyne is being courted by Saudi Arabia, as Manchester City’s future plans are exposed.
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City’s vice captain, is the subject of a hot pursuit from Saudi Arabia, and he has already rejected down an approach from the Middle East.
The 32-year-old is approaching a decade of service in sky blue, but he remains an important part of Pep Guardiola’s plans as he and the club aim for a fourth consecutive Premier League title and a successful Champions League defense.
But, as the Belgium international captain matures, doubts about what comes next for De Bruyne and whether a contract extension is in the works for one of Manchester City’s all-time greats continue to mount.
A succession of rumors have now outlined an approach to De Bruyne and his representatives in an attempt to entice him away from Manchester City’s ongoing dazzling trophy pursuit in favor of a new challenge alongside some of football’s most well-known stars.
Fabrizio Romano has disclosed insights behind a Saudi Arabian bid for Kevin De Bruyne during the early stages of the summer transfer season in a huge update on his official YouTube channel.
“For Kevin De Bruyne, there was a very important proposal from Saudi at the beginning, the very beginning of the summer transfer window – right after the Champions League final,” Fabrizio Romano explained.
“De Bruyne was approached by Saudi clubs, but he declined. At this point in my career, I want to stay in Europe and compete for titles with Manchester City’. As a result, De Bruyne said no.”
The Sun has also reported on Saudi Arabian interest in Kevin De Bruyne, disclosing the Belgian’s thoughts on his future at Manchester City and ambitions in the twilight of his top-level professional career.
According to reports, De Bruyne will turn down any offers to play in the Saudi Arabian league because he wants to conclude his career with Manchester City. The player believes he can play at the highest level “well into his thirties.”
According to the article, Kevin De Bruyne would base any future decisions on the fact that he has a young family and is content with his life in Manchester. However, reports suggest that if he ever leaves the Etihad, he would remain in Europe.
Manchester City has grown all too familiar with Saudi Arabia’s pursuit of Europe’s top footballers, having successfully arranged the sale of two players to the burgeoning Middle-Eastern league.
Riyad Mahrez became the first player to depart the Etihad for warmer climes in a move worth £35 million, while Aymeric Laporte ended an emotional stint at the Etihad by joining Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr for £22 million.
Both Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo, who faced uncertainty at the Etihad Stadium this summer, rejected offers from Saudi clubs, with the latter ultimately opting to join FC Barcelona on a 12-month loan with no option to buy.