Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne willing to stay at club even if Monday morning’s appeal verdict sees their two-year Champions League ban upheld
- City will learn their fate when the CAS delivers a verdict at 9.30am on Monday
- Any expulsion for Manchester City could cost the club more than £150million
- But Kevin De Bruyne will not look to force a move away regardless of the verdict
- The club are expected to sit down to discuss a new deal for the Belgian star
Kevin De Bruyne is committed to staying at Manchester City even if the club’s two-year Champions League ban is upheld.
As revealed by Sportsmail, City will learn their fate when the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivers an appeal verdict at 9.30am on Monday, with expulsion set to cost the club more than £150million.
But De Bruyne, who will continue his hunt for the Premier League assist record at Brighton, will not look to force a move away.
Kevin De Bruyne is committed to staying at Manchester City even if their ban is upheld
City will learn their fate when the CAS delivers an appeal verdict at 9.30am on Monday
De Bruyne and his wife, Michele, are expecting their third child this year and are settled in the North West.
City are expected to begin negotiations over a new contract with the 29-year-old, who has three years to run on his existing deal and earns a guaranteed £280,000 a week.
It is a major boost for Pep Guardiola’s men, who were handed a treacherous path in Friday’s Champions League draw. Juventus or Lyon await in the last eight, assuming City overcome Real Madrid in the last 16 — they lead 2-1 after a first-leg away win.
Guardiola’s former sides Bayern and Barcelona are then possible semi-final opponents. Barcelona must come past Napoli after a 1-1 draw in Italy, and Bayern lead Chelsea 3-0.
But De Bruyne will not look to force a move away regardless of the outcome of the verdict
All ties from the quarter-final stage will be played in Portugal and will be decided over one match.
League Cup winners City are chasing a treble with the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal next Saturday and the second leg against Real on August 7.
Guardiola said: ‘I have the feeling that in the next four weeks, my players and the club have something that is not coming back again. I feel the motivation and I think the team is there.’
The Belgian playmaker will continue his hunt for the Premier League assist record at Brighton
‘Big clubs don’t miss these chances, to try until the last effort.’
Meanwhile, Wolves and Manchester United could meet in the Europa League semi-finals.
United will face Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen in the last eight, provided they don’t throw away a 5-0 first-leg lead over LASK of Austria.
Roma or Sevilla await in the quarters if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side can knock out Olympiacos. The sides drew 1-1 in Greece in March.
Pep Guardiola has warned his side big sides do not miss the chance City have for the treble