Kevin de Bruyne’s agent confirms contact with Barcelona
Manchester City are running away with the Premier League title and one player who has been sensational is Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian had an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea before returning back Wolfsburg and then Man City paid £52million for him in 2015.
His assists have been out of this world and it’s no surprise to hear his agent, Patrick De Koster, confirm informal approaches from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Patrick De Koster was quoted via The Sun as saying: “I think Kevin will end his career in the USA rather than in Belgium.
“He has already been to America many times on holiday, and he loves the country and its culture.
“He said goodbye to his bachelor life in Las Vegas, and we have often spoken about him ending his career in the MLS.
“He hasn’t yet had any offers from American clubs, because they know it is not worth bothering as he is at the peak of his career.
“Clubs in China will probably look longingly at him, but I can’t see him going over to play there.
“Did I have any contacts with Real Madrid or Barcelona? Informal contacts are made all the time, and people call me in the name of club X or Y.
“But Kevin’s only desire was to remain at City. He is incredibly happy on all levels, and besides he has just bought a house near Manchester that he is renovating.”
De Bruyne’s adviser has also revealed that the player is among the best 10 players in the world, following his renewal with City.
He said: “I dare say Kevin is the best-paid Belgian player in history, and he is in the global top ten.
“I read that Lionel Messi earns a million euros a week, and then you have Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
“Alexis Sanchez earns more that Kevin at Manchester United, but he profited from the fact that he was almost out of contract at Arsenal to drive up his salary.
“There could be a couple of lads playing in China who are in the top ten, like Carlos Tevez previously.
“But as for the rest – I think Kevin even earns more than Gareth Bale.
“Last September a guy from a Naples radio station rang me and said Kevin deserved to be paid the same as the greatest players. I told him he was right.
“The next day the English papers were talking about the matter, and City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain told me the club felt the same way. Things moved quickly from then on.
“After City’s third offer I went to Manchester. City projected their offer on a giant screen – it was impressive and professional.
“When I showed the contract document to Kevin he went: ‘Wow!’
“Footballers generally talk about their salaries the way guys talk about their sexual adventures.
“They always exaggerate, claiming they have made love four times – each for half an hour – whereas in reality they lasted for three minutes.
“But City’s players are all well-paid world stars, so they don’t need to boast about their earnings.
“Kevin didn’t like the fact his salary details made a big deal in the papers – but they became impossible to hide.”