If City’s appeal to (CAS) fails, 28-year-old De Bruyne, who is at his peak, will be unable to play Champions League football again until after he turns 31. That is, unless he takes the decision to move elsewhere.
De Bruyne is among the best midfielders in world football, yet he has never won the Champions League or even played in a final.
Sport Witness shares a report from Sport/Foot Magazine in De Bruyne’s native Belgium, which alleges that the player is ‘taking his time’ when it comes to giving City any assurances.
May be the source is one of Kevin’s family, suggesting those in the De Bruyne camp are well aware that his ‘reputation has never been this high’. In other words, the time for a high profile transfer would be now.
Sport/Foot would expect De Bruyne to try and leave if the UEFA ban is upheld because they see it as unlikely that the player would ‘write off’ his personal ambitions to stay loyal to City.
The problem in looking for a transfer is the value of Kevin, few clubs could likely put together an appropriate financial package to sign him.
World football already has a problem in that there are too many big names for the number of big clubs. Real Madrid have been unable to shift Gareth Bale, while Philippe Coutinho could become a problem for Barcelona.
De Bruyne is different because he is at the top of his game, compared to the any playmaker, the Belgian turns 29 in June and would only be a relatively short-term investment for the money involved.
Perez, Real madrid president will not escape this chance to sign one of the best in the world & direct replacement for Modric, & to add another Belgian to the squad.
Finances at top clubs across Europe will also be hit this year as a side effect of the coronavirus pandemic, which has added enormous uncertainty to the overall football calendar – affecting everything from competition dates to contracts and the transfer window.