Covid-19, Champions League ban could tempt De Bruyne to leave City

Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will reportedly consider
leaving Manchester City at the end of the season.

The coronavirus pandemic and the fact there is no football
being played throughout Europe at the moment, has quite rightly pushed City’s
issues into the shadows.

However, the fact remains, when football does eventually
return, City could be without Champions League football until the 202223
campaign after allegedly breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

They are appealing the decision and at least want to see the
ban reduced. But in the meantime, reports claim that De Bruyne is pondering his

City are under no immediate pressure to get the 28-year-old
tied down to a new deal as he is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until the
summer of 2023.

However, they are still keen to secure the future of the
Belgium international for even longer and are ready to offer him a deal worth
£350 000 a week to persuade him to stay.

Reports claim that may not be enough to keep him if the ban
is upheld, and De Bruyne could be waiting to see the final outcome before
making a decision to stay of leave.

City boss Pep Guardiola has already said he will be staying
with the club, regardless of the outcome, and it was hoped that the club’s star
players would take a similar stance.

It is of course speculation, but at the age of 28, De Bruyne
may be thinking time is ticking on his chances of winning the Champions League.
Unless City can do it this season of course.

Not many clubs would be able to afford him either. But Real
Madrid are reported to be sniffing around and a switch to the Bernabeu could be
a tempting proposition for the playmaker if an offer came in sooner rather than

– TEAMtalk media

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