Manchester City might well have taken a major step in ensuring their Premier League dominance continues with the signing of Kevin de Bruyne to a new contract.
With the City skipper now tied down to a deal until the summer of 2025, the Citizens could find themselves keeping clear of their rivals for seasons to come.
De Bruyne a Special Player
There was some speculation regarding De Bruyne’s future at the Etihad Stadium, but really it always looked likely City would be able to get a deal over the line. The Belgian international could arguably walk into any side in the world right now, such are his talents. While he has had his injury problems this season, the former Wolfsburg midfielder has been key in helping City challenge for silverware on multiple fronts.
Pep Guardiola’s side are streaks ahead in the Premier League title race and they are seen as favourites in the Champions League as well with odds of 2.75 in the football betting to win the competition that has eluded them so far. If City do manage to secure an unprecedented quadruple this term, then De Bruyne will have played a key role in achieving it.
KDB Can Now Focus on Football
While De Bruyne is the consummate professional, the prolonged contract negotiations would have been an unwelcome distraction for the 29-year-old. With a deal that could see him finish out his playing days in England, the former Chelsea man can now focus fully on the business end of the season.
Speaking about what the remainder of the campaign could hold, De Bruyne says his focus is on making sure the club end up with the “silverware we deserve”. City are expected to secure at least two trophies this season, but a first Champions League title would be the ultimate achievement for De Bruyne and all involved at Manchester City.
Euros Provide a Great Opportunity
While his focus will be solely on club matters for the next couple of months, De Bruyne has an exciting summer ahead with the European Championships. Belgium are rightly one of the favourites for the trophy, having impressed at the last World Cup in Russia. The Red Devils finished third in the tournament in 2018, and they will fancy their chances of going far into the knockout stages of the Euros this summer.
De Bruyne will once again be a key figure for his country, which has a wealth of talent at its disposal. If Real Madrid star Eden Hazard can get back to the fitness and form he’s capable of, then Belgium will cause every team they face problems. Striker Romelu Lukaku continues to enjoy a strong season in Italy with Inter Milan and could find himself as one of the top goalscorers in this summer’s tournament.
It’s certainly exciting times for De Bruyne, and the City and Belgium talisman is on the verge of some special achievements this year.