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Pep Guardiola clarifies Kevin De Bruyne buy-out clause quotes

Guardiola clarifies KDB buy-out clause
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola clarifies his previous comments relating to a potential release clause in the contract of Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has clarified his previous comments relating to a potential release clause in the contract of Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

Guardiola, speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Fulham, appeared to suggest that De Bruyne had a buy-out clause of around £223m inserted into his current deal.

However, the Spaniard has said that he was merely insisting that De Bruyne would not be sold for that amount, and he is currently unaware of any release clause in the 27-year-old's contract.

"The journalist asked if we'd sell for £223m and I said 'no'. I don't think he has a release clause in his contract," Guardiola told reporters.

De Bruyne has returned to first-team training after picking up a knee problem last month, but the midfielder will not be available for the clash with Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.


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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in action during a Champions League clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018
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2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
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16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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