Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is at the peak of his powers and is the frontrunner for this season’s Premier League Player of the Season award. He has taken the league by storm but it turns out he has eyes for MLS and a move to America in the future.
The 26-year-old Belgian midfielder loves the culture of American life and is seemingly planning to make the move to Major League Soccer once his time with Manchester City comes to an end.
He has only recently signed a huge contract extension with City that ties him down until 2023, so don’t expect a move anytime soon. But his agent, Patrik De Koster, has revealed that De Bruyne has already spoken about a potential MLS move.
“I think Kevin will end his career in the USA rather than in Belgium,” De Koster said. “He has already been to America many times on holiday, and he loves the country and its culture. We have often spoken about him ending his career in the MLS.”
“He hasn’t yet had any offers from American clubs, because they know it is not worth bothering as he is at the peak of his career. Clubs in China will probably look longingly at him, but I can’t see him going over to play there.”
De Bruyne has been in incredible form for Man City this season, picking up 14 assists. The Citizens look certain to seal a first Premier League title since 2013/14, with De Bruyne heavily tipped to be named as the league’s Player of the Season.
If he were to move to MLS in the future, it’s likely that New York City FC would be frontrunners for his signature, given their ties with Manchester City. Although the league is growing at an alarming rate and so there will be no shortage of options for a player of De Bruyne’s talent, if and when the day arrives that he is looking for an MLS move.
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The ex-Chelsea midfielder has attracted interest from top clubs all over Europe after an impressive season in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and it is looking likely that he is set for a big money move in the coming months.
The Belgian superstar has found the net ten times and notched 19 assists as he has helped Wolfsburg secure a Champions League place for next season.
Patrick De Koster, De Bruyne’s agent, told talkSPORT that City have confirmed their interest but they are not alone in their pursuit of the talented 23-year-old midfielder.
“Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have made informal contact with me, but there have been no official offers,” De Koster said.
De Bruyne has been the most creative midfielder in Europe this season after racking up an incredible 24 assists in 39 games across all competitions with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, who he joined from Chelsea for £18 million in January 2014.
He has only been with Wolfsburg for 14 months but is already being tipped to move again and the Premier League trio will have to fight Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain for the 23 year old’s signature.
De Bruyne is reportedly keen on a move back to Chelsea, despite the fact he struggled to see much game time under Jose Mourinho, and ESPN are reporting that the talented playmaker could return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Any move is likely to depend on whether Wolfsburg qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. They have two chances to do as they currently sit second in the Bundesliga table behind Bayern Munich, and are also in the Europa League quarter-finals. The Europa League winners will automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League and Wolfsburg are currently the tournament favourites.
Manchester City are also keen and director of football Txiki Begiristain has already met with the player’s representatives, according to the Daily Mail. City are willing to spend £40 million on the Belgian star as they look to challenge Chelsea for next season’s Premier League by revamping their squad over the summer.
Meanwhile, a report by talkSPORT claims that Manchester United are the front-runners in the race to sign De Bruyne and are willing to splash the cash to land the former Chelsea man.
All three Premier League giants could still be beaten to the player however, as Bayern Munich have already prepared a £35 million offer, while Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring the situation closely.
Kevin De Bruyne could find himself at the centre of Europe’s biggest transfer battle this summer and after contributing to 38 goals in 39 games in all competitions for Wolfsburg, it’s hardly a surprise.
“He is a great player,” Hazard said. “Mourinho decided to let him go and not play him.
“It was not my decision, even though I know very well that he could play at Chelsea because he has tremendous qualities.”
De Bruyne has an impressive tally of 16 assists in the Bundesliga this season along with nine goals for Wolfsburg, and he could have been the creative attacking spark Chelsea have needed in these past few weeks as they have been somewhat off the boil.