Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has clarified his previous comments relating to a potential release clause in the contract of Kevin De Bruyne.
Guardiola, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Fulham, appeared to suggest that De Bruyne had a buy-out clause of around £223m inserted into his current deal.
However, he said that he was merely insisting that De Bruyne would not be sold for that amount, and is currently unaware of any release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract.
“The journalist asked if we’d sell for £223m and I said ‘no’. I don’t think he has a release clause in his contract,” Guardiola told reporters.
De Bruyne was named City’s Player of the Year as Guardiola claimed his first Premier League title last season, setting a new points record for the division along the way.
Having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup with Belgium over the summer, De Bruyne was eased back into action as a substitute for City’s opening weekend clash at Arsenal but suffered a knee ligament injury in training the following week.