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Manchester City ‘accelerate’ contract talks with midfield star amid Saudi Arabia interest



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Manchester City officials are preparing to push ahead with a new contract for midfielder Kevin De Bruyne this summer.

The 32-year-old is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of next season and has been linked with a big-money move to Saudi Arabia this summer, should Manchester City want to cash in on their most senior first-team star.

De Bruyne, who has been in east Manchester since 2015, surpassed the 100-goal mark for the Sky Blues this season, as the Belgian returned from a long-term injury to help propel Pep Guardiola’s side to a sixth Premier League title in seven years.

The midfielder underwent surgery for a hamstring injury in August but was directly involved in 23 goals in 26 appearances for Manchester City during the 2023/24 campaign.

De Bruyne returned for the Blues in late January, scoring and assisting within minutes of featuring against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in a dramatic 2-3 comeback victory.

The Belgian also scored against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, and registered four assists against Luton Town in the Emirates FA Cup – providing for Erling Haaland on all four occasions!

The 32-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium in the next year however, with Saudi Arabian and MLS clubs having both registered an interest in signing De Bruyne.

In an attempt to fend off transfer interest from the Middle East and USA, Manchester City are reportedly set to ‘accelerate’ contract extension talks with De Bruyne, as Etihad executives ‘push’ to agree a new deal.

Football Insider claim that the Premier League champions are ‘doing everything they can’ to secure a contract beyond 2025 with the Belgium international.

Manchester City are also facing uncertainty surrounding Pep Guardiola’s future at the club, with the 53-year-old out of contract at the Etihad Stadium in 2025 as well.