Guardiola: De Bruyne has €250m release clause

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After he signed a six-year Manchester City contract in January, the Belgian’s administrator said the deal includes a massive exit clause

Pep Guardiola demands Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne isn’t available to be purchased, and says the midfielder has a release clause of €250 million (£223/$292m).

De Bruyne was the star man as City crushed a series of records in cavorting to the Premier League title under the Catalan’s initiative last term.

City are right now without the Belgium international because of knee damage that is set to run De Bruyne out of activity until November.

Furthermore, Guardiola hinted it could take a world-record charge to prise De Bruyne far from City, the 27-year-old having marked a six-year contract not long ago.

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“He’s great. He’s an exceptionally unique player,” Guardiola said in a meeting with Universo Valdano.

“[Leeds United boss] Marcelo Bielsa disclosed to me he was his most loved player. He does everything.

“A day or two ago, I met his folks and you regularly see how the youngsters are the point at which you know the guardians.

“He’s a mind boggling kid. The proviso is €250m. I’m sad, he’s not available to be purchased.”

Guardiola likewise revealed to Universo Valdano he expects to come back to Barcelona B, where he started his instructing profession, before he resigns.

And the 47-year-old confirmed he also has ambitions to try his hand at international management should the chance arise.

“Truly. I will manage a national team in case I’m given the chance and they need me,” Guardiola said. “I need to attempt it. I’ve generally been interested about it.”

Like De Bruyne, Guardiola has conferred his future to City with an agreement expansion and the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich mentor is settled at the Etihad Stadium.

“Yes, I’ve renewed. I’m really happy there,” he added. “I’m well protected, I don’t feel judged. I’m at the club that interests me.”

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