Pep Guardiola clarifies Kevin De Bruyne buy-out clause quotes

Busquets GFX

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Although Guardiola clearly has no intention of letting De Bruyne leave, he added that there is a clause in his new City deal - something which will come as a surprise to many.

But Guardiola said: 'It's normal after what happened last season that people ask about him.

The recent global break has again seen City winger Leroy Sane in the headlines over his slow start to the new season. It's the only way to maintain the level we achieved last season.

A return to action for the 27-year-old isn't imminent but it isn't impossible that he could be back on the pitch ahead of schedule if his recovery continues to go well. Only a handful of players such as Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves have struck up that nearly telepathic bond with the Argentine, however, but Sergio Busquets is one of them.

"It's not about "I don't like you anymore" or "I prefer this one or the other one".

Speaking generally about worldwide management, Guardiola, who was linked with the Argentina job in the summer, said: 'In our lives we have dreams of what we'd like to do in the future, but it doesn't mean it's going to happen. My club knows my opinion about that and we share that. "We do our best and I think Phil is ready (for England)". After that it is the club and the agent. Sometimes these kind of things need their own time. The clause is €250m (£223m).

Guardiola denied saying De Bruyne has a release clause but said the club would not sell him - even for a fee that eclipsed Neymar's world record £198m switch from Barcelona to Paris St Germain. "And I said, 'When there is trouble, he will be there"'. Although the Belgian clearly has plans to stay put in Manchester for years to come, his manager has revealed that his new contract does include a big-money release clause.

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