- Kevin De Bruyne has turned down a new five-year deal offer due to the lower salary involved
- Reports claim Man City are looking at the possibility of offering a mega deal to Lionel Messi
- De Bruyne has two years left on his current deal and Pep Guardiola believes he will sign a new deal
Kevin de Bruyne has rejected a new five-year contract at Man City that will see him earn lower than what he presently makes at the Etihad, as reported by Sport Bible.
And it is understood that the Citizens are looking at the possibility of signing Lionel Messi in the summer and would want to have enough resources to fund the deal.
Reports claim De Bruyne is frustrated with City's first contract offer but Pep Guardiola has played down the rumours that he is unhappy at the club.
The 29-year-old's contract at the Etihad ends in the summer 2023 but Guardiola believes he will eventually sign a new contract with the club.
Ahead of City's Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Man United, the Spanish boss said:
"Sometimes we have to respect the process.
"I don't know what's going on because I didn't speak with Txiki [Begiristain] but he knows how we appreciate him, not just as a footballer, as a person - how important he is for the club.
"I'm not worried but in the end of course it's his decision."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Premier League club Manchester City have joined the race to sign Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos who is yet to agree on a new deal with the Spanish giants.
The Citizens are weighing up a possible bid for the defender according to fresh reports from Spain as the 34-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season.
ESPN claim that City are already monitoring the player’s situation and as soon as there is a hint that the defender is leaving Los Blancos, they will make their move.
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