France vs Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne Breaks Silence About His Future at Man City Ahead of Showdown

France vs Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne Breaks Silence About His Future at Man City Ahead of Showdown

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
July 1, 2024 at 8:32 AM
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  • Manchester City stalwart, Kevin De Bruyne, has opened up about his future at the Etihad ahead of the France vs Belgium clash
  • De Bruyne has just a year left on his City contract and has attracted a lot of interest from clubs in the Saudi Pro League
  • Meanwhile, he is expected to captain his nation in the titanic Round of 16 fixture at Merkur Spiel Arena on Monday, July 1

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Kevin De Bruyne has disclosed his future plans at Manchester City as Belgium prepares for their Round of 16 showdown against France on Monday, July 1.

The 33-year-old midfielder, currently competing with the Red Devils at the 2024 European Championship, has just one year remaining on his contract with the Citizens.

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Kevin De Bruyne gestures during Belgium's Euro 2024 group stage tie with Ukraine on June 26, 2024. Photo by Carl Recine.
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Will De Bruyne leave Man City this summer?

With Saudi Arabian clubs showing interest and De Bruyne having dealt with persistent injuries over the past few seasons, he is expected to make a decision about his future soon.

He missed nearly five months last season due to injury, playing only 26 games across all competitions as City secured their fourth consecutive league title, per the BBC.

Ahead of Belgium's Round of 16 clash against France, the City playmaker has addressed the swirling rumours about his future at the Etihad and his next steps.

"I’ll have a quiet summer," KDB told Belgian news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
He continued, "I’ll enjoy my holidays and will return to [Manchester] City afterwards."

Despite being tight-lipped about his future, Kevin revealed that he will enter into negotiations with his current employers in the coming days, likely after the Euros.

"I assume there will be talks with City in the upcoming months."

De Bruyne leads Belgium ahead of France showdown

While De Bruyne has enjoyed tremendous success with City since joining in 2015, he has faced disappointment at the national team level.

As a key member of Belgium's golden generation, KDB would hope that Euro 2024, likely his final international tournament, will bring him success.

However, France stands in his way, a team Belgium has beaten only once in their last six encounters (L3, D2).

To keep his and his country's championship hopes alive, the Red Devils must first overcome the 2016 runners-up in the Round of 16 on Monday, July 1.

France vs Belgium: Round of 16 match preview

Sports Brief previews the highly anticipated showdown between France and Belgium on July 1, arguably the pick of the Round of 16 games at Euro 2024.

Both teams had lacklustre performances in the group stage and must elevate their game in this crucial encounter to advance to the next phase of the competition.

Their last Euro encounter dates back to the 1984 tournament, where France dominated with a 5-0 victory, propelled by Michel Platini's memorable hat-trick.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.