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Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola denies knowing Kevin De Bruyne’s release clause

Pep Guardiola has denied knowing Kevin De Bruyne’s release clause after the Manchester City manager appeared to reveal it in an interview

De Bruyne, the Belgium midfielder, was said to be available for any club willing to cough up £223million according to Guardiola, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne
Is De Bruyne worth £223million

The former Barcelona manager is reported to have said: “He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250million. I’m sorry, he’s not for sale.”

The 27-year-old, who is City’s highest earner, was one of the best players in the Premier League last season as Guardiola’s side became the first team to hit the 100-point mark.

He missed out on the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards to Mohamed Salah, but remains widely rated as the greatest player in the division.

Making the release clause public knowledge could have been a worry for City as rival teams would know just how much they’d have to pay to prise the Belgium international away from the Etihad.

However, Guardiola went back on his claims on Friday, revealing in a press conference he does not know De Bruyne’s release clause.

Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgium international has played 143 times for Manchester City

“I don’t know what his release clause is,” Guardiola said ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash with Fulham. “The journalist asked if I would sell him for £250million and I said no.”


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