Manchester City manager unaware of release clause in De Bruyne’s contract

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De Bruyne, who joined City from Wolfsburg in 2015, signed a six-year deal at The Etihad in January.

An interview with Guardiola on Spanish television during the worldwide break incorrectly translated the City boss as having said De Bruyne had a buyout clause in his contract. Not many teams could lose a player of De Bruyne's quality and still be competitive. The clause is €250m (£223m).

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"It's well-known that we're delighted with him and would like him to continue", the City boss said. "They have some good players and they want to play football; it's not just long balls into the channels".

The Spaniard went on to praise his midfielder, adding, "De Bruyne does everything and everything well, but still has room to grow. I recently met his parents and understood a lot about why he is a fantastic guy".

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He also said he envisages finishing his coaching career in Barcelona's academy.

Having coached Barcelona's B team before he replaced Frank Rijkaard as the senior team's manager and says he intends to one day return to work in the Blaugrana's youth academy. "I want to try, for sure. if they want me".

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"I remember what Messi told me", Guardiola told Universo Valdano. The Catalan agreed a two-year contract extension in May that ties him to the club until June 2021. "I'm well protected, I don't feel judged. It's important that Raheem and his people know how delighted we are with him and after that maybe it happens or maybe not".

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