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There was one team playing - De Bruyne hails Man City's dominance at Leicester
Manchester City were 2-0 winners at Leicester City and Kevin De Bruyne felt the scoreline only told part of the story.The 18-point gulf between Pep Guardiola's champions-elect and the third-placed Foxes was in evidence for large stretches of the game at the King Power Stadium, where De Bruyne was named man of the match.
Kevin De Bruyne could retire at Manchester City after signing a new four-year contract.
The club’s talisman, who scored the opener during Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund, has been conducting talks himself alongside two lawyers.
De Bruyne, 29, put pen to paper on Monday on a deal worth more than his previous £300,000 a week before bonuses and cements him as one of the Premier League’s biggest earners.
The news serves as a major fillip for City and the central midfielder is understood to have been given assurances of the club’s plans as they strive to win a first Champions League crown.
Not bad, huh? Guardiola marvels at De Bruyne's talent and toil
Kevin De Bruyne turned in a complete performance as Manchester City saw off Leicester City 2-0 to close in on the Premier League title.The Premier League leaders took another step towards glory thanks to second-half goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus that only told part of the story of their dominance at the King Power Stadium.
De Bruyne will hit a decade at the Etihad Stadium if he fulfils his latest new contract – mirroring the longevity of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
‘I could not be happier,’ he said. ‘Since joining City in 2015, I have felt at home. I love the fans; my family are settled here in Manchester and my own game has developed really well.
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‘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.’
De Bruyne was crowned PFA Player of the Year last season after equalling Thierry Henry’s record number of assists in a league campaign.
‘Pep and I see football in the same way,’ the Belgian added. ‘Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things.
‘My focus now is on ensuring we have a successful end to the current campaign. Our results and performances so far have been excellent, but we need to make sure we end the season with the silverware we deserve.’
Bellingham admits he's 'knackered' after chasing Man City stars
The youngster put in an impressive performance but it was not enough to stop City from taking an advantage into the second leg with Phil Foden scoring a 90th minute winner. © Provided by Daily Mail Jude Bellingham admitted he was 'knackered' after chasing Manchester City's players around City took the lead in the first half through a Kevin De Bruyne strike but Marco Reus equalised in the 84th minute. However, the Premier League side regained the lead in the final minute when Ilkay Gundogan knocked down De Bruyne's lofted pass for Foden to finish from close-range.
A new deal for De Bruyne was first mooted 13 months ago but the player has remained relaxed through negotiations.
City made the announcement less than 24 hours after revealing financial losses of £126million for last season. Their wage bill is now at its highest under Guardiola, standing at £351m last year.
Sporting director Txiki Begiristain added: ‘This is a very significant moment for this football club.
‘Kevin is, without question, one of the best players in world football. His performance level has been remarkably consistent since coming to City, and in the last few years he has developed into one of the game’s elite players.
‘His talent is unquestionable – but he is also a consummate professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here has been nothing short of remarkable.
'He constantly seeks to improve, and his approach is the perfect blueprint for any young player looking to carve out a career.
‘We are delighted he is our player and I look forward to watching him during his peak years here at Manchester City.’
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