Manchester City director Pep Guardiola is optimistic that Kevin De Bruyne will sign a new long-term deal with his club: the Belgian midfielder, currently attached to City until 2023, is on the table for a new contract.
However, Guardiola is not too worried: “I’m pretty sure he will stay, but at the same time we have to respect the process,” he told Sky Sports News. “The existing contract for Kevin De Bruyne lasts until 2023, but there is a new offer on the table (Laurence Griffiths/PA) “I don’t know what’s going on because I haven’t talked to Txiki (Begiristain, soccer director of City),” he said. Yet, not only as a footballer, but also as a person, he knows how much we respect him. “But he knows how much we value him, not only as a footballer but also as a person. ” I’m not nervous. In Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semifinal against Manchester United at Old Trafford, De Bruyne will play a significant role. “For the fourth time in a row and the sixth time in eight years, City will be looking to win the trophy, and having defeated their arch-rivals by two legs in last season’s semifinals, Guardiola is optimistic heading into the game, saying, “My team has won three in a row. A semifinal means a lot for the fourth time in a row. If it wasn’t significant, we would have lost it earlier,” he added. “We can’t expect it to be more difficult than it should be, with the rivals we will face. “United stood above Manchester City and it’s an amazing pleasure for us to be there with them for the last ten years: we win often, most of the time, and some of the time we lose. “Momentum, a winning mentality, confidence and belief”@OfficialSGoater addresses the value of winning the season’s first cup. Complete interview: https://t.co/0PdCO96Y7k #EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/LVVTxLJ5A7- Carabao Cup (@Carabao Cup) January 4, 2021Guardiola reveals that he now feels that players are “special” as the recent suspension has made soccer “an island within society” Amid Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s stricter constraints on the public on Monday, the Premier League and EFL are allowed to proceed. Recently, City had issues with Covid-19, had six players unavailable for Sunday’s win over Chelsea, and had to postpone a game at Everton just after Christmas, but Guardiola admits that they have to deal with the situation. “It looks like we are an island within society, everything is closed off except ourselves,” he said. “When people say footballers are special, maybe it’s the truth, I couldn’t believe it before – I thought the doctors, teachers, architects, every person was the same – but it looks like everything is closed except our business. “All managers have to adjust to the situation, that’s the reality, we’re not an exception. We’re not an exception. “There are other clubs: We knew Newcastle had many (cases). Don’t change the schedule, don’t change the calendar, don’t change the rules, we have to adapt.”