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 set to expire in 2023, turns 30 in June and now looks set to carry out most of the rest of his career at the Etihad.
De Bruyne has had a glittering fate since joining the club from Wolfsburg in 2015, winning seven major trophies, which could become 11 by the end of the season if City succeed in their quadruple hunt.
However, worrying for the rest of Europe, he believes the best is yet to come for himself and Pep Guardiola’s side.
“I couldn’t be happier. Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home,” he said. “I love the fans, my family is based here in Manchester and my own game has developed very well.
“This football club is geared towards success. It offers me everything I need to maximize my performance, so signing this contract was a simple decision. I play the best football of my career and I honestly believe that there is more to come.
“Pep and I see football the same way. Having this relationship with a manager is so important to me because our goals are totally aligned, and we want the same things.
“My focus now is on making the end of the current campaign a success. Our results and performance 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 Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year in 2020, is leading 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 important moment for this football club. Kevin is, without a doubt, one of the best players in world football,” said Begiristain. “His level of performance has been remarkably consistent since joining City, and over the past few years he has grown into one of the game’s elite players.
“His talent is indisputable – but he is also an accomplished professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here has been nothing short of remarkable. He is constantly looking to improve himself, and his approach is the perfect role model for any young player who seeks to stand out, a career.
“We are delighted that he is our player and I look forward to seeing him during his prime 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 arriving from Wolfsburg in 2015.
176: Premier League appearances made for the club so far.
76: Assists provided by him in those 176 appearances – he has also scored 41 Premier League goals for City.
20: Number of Premier League assists he recorded last season, the third season, his total had reached 15 or more. This saw him tie the record for most assists in a Premier League campaign, tying Thierry Henry.
A: De Bruyne, who also scored 13 Premier League goals in 2019/20, last season became City’s first player to be named Professional Footballers Association Male Player of the Year.
11: The Premier League attends his name so far this quarter.
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: De Bruyne’s appearances in the Premier League before joining City, for Chelsea in 2013/14 – which included an assist. He only played nine times for the Blues in total.