Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The Belgium international, whose existing deal was due to expire in 2023, is 30 in June and now looks set to see out most of the remainder of his career at the Etihad.
De Bruyne has had a glittering spell since joining the club from Wolfsburg in 2015, winning seven major trophies, which could become 11 by the end of the season if City are successful in their hunt for a quadruple.
However, ominously for the rest of Europe, he reckons the best is yet to come for himself and Pep Guardiola’s team.
“I could not be happier. Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home,” he said. “I love the fans, my family are settled here in Manchester and my own game has developed really well.
“This football club is geared for success. It offers me everything I need to maximise my performance, so signing this contract was a straightforward decision. I am playing the best football of my career and I honestly feel there is more to come.
“Pep and I see football in the same way. Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things.
“My focus now is on ensuring we have a successful end to the current campaign. Our results and performances so far have been excellent, but we need to make sure we end the season with the silverware we deserve.”
De Bruyne, who was named as the Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year in 2020, is having another impressive campaign, with seven goals and 16 assists, and director of football Txiki Begiristain knows City have one of the best footballers in the world on their hands.
“This is a very significant moment for this football club. Kevin is, without question, one of the best players in world football,” Begiristain said.
“His performance level has been remarkably consistent since coming to City, and in the last few years he has developed into one of the game’s elite players.
“His talent is unquestionable – but he is also a consummate professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here has been nothing short of remarkable. He constantly seeks to improve, and his approach is the perfect blueprint for any young player looking to carve out a career.
“We are delighted he is our player and I look forward to watching him during his peak years here at Manchester City.”
De Bruyne’s Man City career in numbers… so far
255: Appearances De Bruyne has made for City in all competitions since joining from Wolfsburg in 2015.
176: Premier League appearances made for the club to date.
76: Assists provided by him across those 176 matches – he has also scored 41 Premier League goals for City.
20: Number of Premier League assists he registered last term, the third season his tally had reached 15 or more. It saw him equal the record for highest number of assists in a Premier League campaign, matching Thierry Henry.
One: De Bruyne, who also scored 13 Premier League goals in 2019/20, last season became the first City player to be named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s men’s player of the year.
11: Premier League assists to his name so far this term.
Seven: Major trophies De Bruyne has won during his time at City so far – two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups.
Three: Appearances De Bruyne had made in the Premier League prior to joining City, for Chelsea in 2013/14 – which included one assist. He played just nine times for the Blues in total.