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