In Focus: De Bruyne's new deal is bad news for City's rivals

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14th Apr, 2021 @ 06:45 am


Manchester City’s midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne committed his future to the Citizens last week, signing a two-year extension to his current deal, which will now run until 2025. 

City head to Borussia Dortmund tonight for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with a 2-1 lead and De Bruyne, 29, will be key if they are to book their spot in the final four.

Now it has been confirmed that the best years of the Belgian’s already exceptional career will be spent at the Etihad Stadium, we assess what his new deal means for City and their rivals.

Indispensable

By now, it is widely accepted that De Bruyne is City’s most valuable asset — an indispensable player in a team full of expensively-assembled superstars.

There are no real concerns that he will slow down as he approaches his 30th birthday, either.

De Bruyne seems to become an even more perceptive and intelligent midfielder with age. This is a decision that will benefit both parties over the years ahead.

More to come

Speaking after signing his extension, De Bruyne said: "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 [Guardiola] 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."

Perfect harmony

It is difficult to imagine anything but another spell of remarkable consistency from a player most consider among the best in the world in his position.

How could this go wrong?

De Bruyne is in perfect harmony with his manager and in a settled team that continues to grow under the guidance of one of the great tacticians of this era.

An injury or some other unforeseen disruption seem to be the only factors that could work against the former Chelsea midfielder — and that is something beyond anyone’s control.

Irreplaceable and irrepressible

As it is, De Bruyne is irreplaceable, often irrepressible, and his mere presence makes City a more formidable outfit.

The stats are evidence enough of his influence.

As has been the case since his return to England, De Bruyne has led the way in terms of creativity this season.

No player in the division has managed more than his 3.44 chances created per game, nor can anyone match his average of 0.52 assists per 90 minutes.

De Bruyne has also attempted the most through balls (0.57) and the second-most passes into the final third (30.47) in the Premier League.