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Pep Guardiola: Kevin de Bruyne needs trophies to win Ballon d’Or

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that team playmaker Kevin de Bruyne needs to win “lots of titles, especially the Champions League” to win the Ballon d’Or.

Belgium international de Bruyne made three assists in City’s 5-1 victory over Leicester on Saturday, taking total in the league this season to 14, four more than the next best player, his club teammate Leroy Sane.

However, while Guardiola is certain that it would be difficult to find anyy other player performing as well across Europe, that de Bruyne would first have to gather more accolades to his resume before he is to win football’s top individual award — a title dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo every year since 2008.

“No doubt,” said Guardiola. “He is not (just doing it in) one game. It’s the whole season, every three days playing that way. Every three days.”

“But he knows and everyone knows, to be there you have to win titles – and titles and titles, especially one. But the way he’s played it’s difficult to find one (better) in Europe.”

When asked if the ‘one’ title he was referring to was the Champions League, Guardiola said: “Of course. You have to be there in the latter stages. Without the latter stages you will not be nominated.”

Although Bruyne has now provided 18 assists for his team-mates in all competitions this season but the Belgian insists that he is not interested in individual praise.

“I am doing what I have to do,” the 26-year-old said. “It is something you reflect on after you get something like that. I am not busy with that before.”

“I do everything to win titles with the team. What happens after is an extra. I am very pleased with the way everything is going for me. I am playing this way because the team is playing this way. It makes it easier for me, it makes it easier for them.”

“At the end, if you get an individual honour, it is beautiful.”

Kevin de Bruyne extends Manchester City contract to 2023

Manchester City has announced that Kevin De Bruyne has signed a contract extension that ties him with the club up to 2023.

This meant that the Belgian international — who joined City from Bundesliga club Wolfsburg for £55m in 2015 — is set to stay with Pep Guardiola’s team for another five more years despite his previous contract not expiring until 2021.

“I am really happy to have signed this new deal,” he said in a statement published at City’s official website.

De Bruyne, 26, has been in sensational form and contributed 10 assists and six goals in the Premier League to help City open up a 12-point gap at the top of the table.

Having previously experienced an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea in which he only made three first-team appearances, De Bruyne has firmly established himself as a regular under Pep Guardiola and has scored 31 times in 122 appearances for City so far.

“As I’ve said previously, my intention has always been to stay here at City, where I’ve felt at home from day one,” the playmaker added.

“Not only are we winning — we are playing great football. It’s a pleasure to be a part of and I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years.”

De Bruyne’s contract extension was announced at almost exactly the same time that Manchester United confirmed they had signed Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City to fend off suitors with new deal

December 20 — Manchester City are ready to offer star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne a new long-term contract and insisted that he would not be sold even if an astronomical offer is received.

De Bruyne, 26, signed a six-year deal when he joined City from Wolfsburg for a club record £55m in 2015, but City also want to recognise the Belgian’s stellar performances in their 16-match winning run in the Premier League, in addition to extending his deal.

The new deal, which could be signed as soon as next month, is understood to be a six-year contract worth around £210,000 per week.

The old deal De Bruyne is contracted until 2021 pays the player on a salary worth around £115,000 a week, and City executives are conscious this makes him relatively underpaid compared to other top clubs at Europe. As an example, Neymar receives £500,000 a week and Kylian Mbappé £300,000 a week at Paris Saint-Germain.

He along with David Silva has been the driving force in Pep Guardiola’s side of late, with City leading the Premier League table at 11 points clear at the top. Their 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday was the new benchmark of 16th consecutive victory in the top flight.

“I am very happy and I have no feeling to go anywhere else,” De Bruyne said. “I always say in football that a lot of things can happen very quickly, but I’m very happy here and the people at the club know that.”

“The team is going in the right direction and that’s also important. I made the right decision coming to City and my family feels the same so everything is good.”

“It makes a difference because the last four or five years I don’t ever really remember having a good break before the new season began,” he said. “This year, I had four weeks in the summer – which is massive for me – and it really helps you come back re-energised.

“You don’t get a lot of downtime as a footballer and I’ve only been having two or two and a half weeks in summer to rest before this year, so it was good.”

De Bruyne has scored six goals and assisted eight in the Premier League this season and is already a leading contender for the major player of the year awards.