Kevin De Bruyne has penned a new contract at Manchester City that will keep the Belgian midfielder at The Etihad until the summer of 2025, hours after scoring in the Champions League – and Gary Lineker has responded.
De Bruyne, who turns 30 in June, sparkled on Tuesday night as Manchester City earned a slender 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first round of their Champions League quarter-final tie. He scored, and created another.
Phil Foden crossed before Riyad Mahrez set up De Bruyne to score his eighth of the season, and then after Marco Reus had equalised – it was a De Bruyne cross that found Ilkay Gundogan, who laid off Foden to make it 2-1.
Just hours later on Wednesday morning, Manchester City confirmed that De Bruyne – who was previously contracted at the club until the summer of 2023 – had signed a deal that will keep him at City until he is aged 35.
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The 80-time Belgium star has already surpassed 250 appearances in all competitions at City having joined the club in the summer of 2015 from Wolfsburg – and he is likely to come close to doubling that, if he stays injury free.
Plenty of supporters responded immediately to the news that De Bruyne will be at City for the next four years – unless he is sold – as did Lineker, who is delighted to see the magician remain in English football.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) April 7, 2021