Lewis Ambrose

Pep Guardiola denies Kevin De Bruyne release clause claim

Pep Guardiola has denied reports that there is a €250m release clause in Kevin De Bruyne’s contract.

The Manchester City manager had been quoted as saying that fee would allow clubs to sign the Belgian but something appears to have been lost in translation.

During an interview with Jorge Valdano, Guardiola was asked if a fee of €250m would tempt City to sell the midfielder and Guardiola has now denied saying that it would.

“I don’t know what is his release clause,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“Jorge Valdano asked me if we would sell him for €250m and I said no. I don’t think he has a release clause.”

De Bruyne signed a new six-year contract with the Citizens back in January and voiced his commitment to the club.

“It was pretty easy [the decision to stay],” the 27-year-old said at the time.


“Obviously, you hear a lot of people talk about other clubs but I think, at the moment, we are one of the best clubs in the world. The way this club is working as a whole unit is unbelievable.

“I’ve never witnessed it in other clubs before like that. The project  is very good, with a lot of young players coming through so I’m happy to also build with this team.”

De Bruyne is currently out with a knee injury and is expected to return in around two months.