Kevin De Bruyne Ready to Stay at Manchester City Regardless of Champions League Fate

Kevin De Bruyne is committed to remaining at Manchester City – even if their two-year Champions League ban is upheld.

City were dealt an expulsion from European football in February for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

The club are in the process of appealing the ban, and will hear the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision at 9:30am on Monday morning.

De Bruyne scored from the spot in City’s last 16 victory over Real Madrid
Should the ban be upheld, De Bruyne – who is yet to win the Champions League – will be 31 by the time he next has the opportunity to play in club football’s most prestigious cup competition.

However, according to the Daily Mail, the Belgian international will not look to force a move elsewhere.

De Bruyne and his family are settled in Manchester, and the 29-year-old is expecting a third child with his wife Michele later this year.
City are expected to open talks regarding a new deal with the midfielder soon, despite De Bruyne still having three years left to run on his £280,000-a-week contract.
The Citizens are still in the hunt for Champions League glory this season, and take a slender 2-1 advantage into their home leg with Real Madrid on 8 August.

Uefa have confirmed the tie will take place at the Etihad, and not at a neutral venue in Portugal as had been suggested due to the travel restrictions in place as a result of the coronavirus.

City’s last 16 tie with Real is finely poised
However, City must navigate a tricky route to the final should they progress against Real.

Pep Guardiola’s side will face either Juventus or Lyon in the last eight, and could face either Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the semi finals.

The German champions currently hold a healthy 3-0 advantage over Chelsea after the first leg of their last 16 tie, while Barcelona drew 1-1 with Napoli.


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