Two years longer – De Bruy could consider Man City’s future if CL ban is upheld

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Kevin de Bruyne could consider his Man City future if the club is banned from the Champions League for two seasons.

Kevin de Bruyne will have to consider the future of his Manchester City side while the club’s two-season ban in the Champions League is in place, although he has no immediate desire to leave the club.

De Bruyne has been in the running for City this season, although the football season has been held or canceled across Europe due to the coronavirus crisis.

Prior to the suspension, De Bruyne played the role, as City took a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match.

The club has been banned for violating Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, and it remains to be seen whether City will be able to compete in the UEFA flagship club in the next two campaigns.

Stressing that the ban could have an impact on City’s future, De Bruyne suggested he believed they had won their appeal against the club’s approval, but could carry a two-year suspension considering his alternatives.

“I’m just waiting,” De Bruyne said in a video interview with HLN Live. “The club has informed us that they are going to apply and they are almost one hundred percent sure they are right.

“That’s why I’m looking forward to seeing what happens. I trust my team. I’ll review everything after making the statement.”

“Two years [without European football] Will be long, I’ll see in a year’s time.

“But I’m very happy with City I play as one of the best teams in the world, I play in England – the best competition for my competitive philosophy – and I like it.

“Being the best still remains a challenge and I need it too. What’s coming is coming.”

Pep Guardiola’s future at City is also in doubt, with the former Barcelona boss’s contract set to expire in 2021.

Although De Bruyne has rejected the suggestion, the decision on his next move will depend on whether he stays in Guardiola City.

De Bruyne said, “Not specifically. Pep said he would take the year of his contract anyway, then his contract would end,” De Bruyne said.

“But I’m not going to rely on my decision on what Pep is doing. Of course I’ve already worked with other coaches and I will have to continue working with someone else after Pep leaves.

“But for now, I haven’t paid much attention to that. There are more important things at the moment.”

A report released on Saturday claimed that Roberto Martinez had extended his contract as coach of the Belgian national team, a move he welcomed.

“The choice was his. Maybe he could have done something different if he had played in the European Championships this summer. But we have a project that would be weird to stop so far now. Said.

“Everyone is happy to stay longer. Why is he a good coach? Well, Martinez has a lot of experience.

“Strategically, he’s learned a lot in England. He let us play in a certain system, and it works. The team has grown in recent years.”