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Pep Guardiola 'fears losing Kevin De Bruyne to Barcelona'

Guardiola 'fears losing Kevin De Bruyne'
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A report claims that Pep Guardiola is concerned about Kevin De Bruyne's long-term future at Manchester City, as Barcelona may be tempted to make an approach next year.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly worried that Kevin De Bruyne's impressive start to the campaign could tempt Barcelona into making a move.

The 26-year-old is currently in the form of his life, playing a direct part in eight goals in his last nine fixtures during the Citizens' near-perfect streak to begin the 2017-18 season.

Guardiola recently suggested that De Bruyne is one of the best players he has ever managed, while Stoke City boss Mark Hughes described him as the most impressive performer in the Premier League right now.

According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, though, Guardiola fears losing the Belgium international to former club Barcelona, who have supposedly been monitoring the playmaker in recent weeks.

Barca are still on the lookout for a new attacking player, having had three separate bids knocked back for Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho during the summer window, and it is claimed that De Bruyne is now high on their wishlist.


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1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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