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Kevin De Bruyne admits he could leave Manchester City if two-year Champions League ban is upheld

‘Two years would be long’: Kevin De Bruyne casts doubt over Manchester City future after admitting he could leave if club fail to overturn two-year Champions League ban for alleged breach of Financial Fair Play rules

  • Manchester City were banned from the Champions League for two years in Feb 
  • City have launched an appeal and face nervous wait to see if the ban is upheld
  • Kevin De Bruyne has admitted his future depends on the outcome of the appeal
  • The midfielder says he could possibly ‘cope with’ a one-year European ban 

Kevin De Bruyne has cast doubt over his long-term future at Manchester City if a two-year Champions League ban is upheld.

City were handed the ban in February for an alleged breach of Financial Fair Play rules but immediately issued a statement vowing to appeal the punishment. 

The midfielder says City have assured him and his team-mates that UEFA’s decision will be overturned on appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 

Kevin De Bruyne says he’ll consider Man City future if club’s two-year European ban is upheld

De Bruyne also added that a one season ban is something he may be able to 'cope with'

De Bruyne also added that a one season ban is something he may be able to ‘cope with’

The midfielder says he is confident the club will overturn the ban after they appealed in Feb

The midfielder says he is confident the club will overturn the ban after they appealed in Feb

That appeal process has yet to start and De Bruyne, 28, has admitted that while he could accept a one-year suspension, the prospective of two seasons out of Europe may prove difficult to countenance. 

‘I’m just waiting a little bit. The club are one hundred percent convinced that they are in the right,’ De Bruyne told Het Laatste Nieuws.

‘I have confidence in my club. If they are saying it’s true, then I believe them. We’ll wait and see what happens. Once there is a final decision I will look at it.

‘Two years (without Champions League football) would be long. One year is something I might be able to cope with.’

If the ban is upheld, Pep Guardiola could face losing De Bruyne and a host of first team stars

If the ban is upheld, Pep Guardiola could face losing De Bruyne and a host of first team stars

De Bruyne has shunned plenty of interest from abroad to remain at the Etihad Stadium and confirmed that tentative discussions surrounding a new contract had been mooted.

City’s plan before the coronavirus pandemic was to sit down with star players, notably the Belgian and forward Raheem Sterling, to negotiate fresh terms towards the end of the season.

‘At the moment there are no real talks on a contract extension,’ De Bruyne added. ‘I don’t know what will happen. We are a bit in limbo with all what’s happening now in the world.

‘When the season is finally finished, there might come an opportunity to look at the future. It’s not the moment to think about it right now.’

 

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