Manchester City boss Guardiola expressed his confidence towards star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will agree upon a new deal with the club, but admits he ‘doesn’t know what’s going on’.
The 29-year-old has established his name as one of the Premier League’s top players, and was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year last season.
De Bruyne joined Man City from Wolfsburg in August 2015 with a club-record £55 million deal, and signed a five-year contract in January 2018.
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With two and a half years until his contract expires, City are keen to tie the playmaker down to fresh terms that will keep him playing at the Etihad stadium for even longer.
According to a report in The Times, De Bruyne rejected City’s initial contact offer this week and was unhappy with the terms that were presented to him.
Guardiola, though, believes that De Bruyne will eventually sign a new deal, but has admitted that he is in the dark about the negotiation process.
Guardiola said: “I’m pretty sure he will stay but at the same time we have to respect the process.
“I don’t know what’s going on because I didn’t speak with our director of football Txiki Begiristain.
“But he knows how we appreciate him – not just as a football player but also as a person and how important he is at the club.
“I’m not worried but of course in the end it is his decision.”
De Bruyne has scored three goals and added 12 assists across all competitions this season as City look to regain the Premier League title, as well as winning their first Champions League title.
As City sealed a 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, The club are now sitting at fifth place trailing four points behind Manchester United and Liverpool, though they have a game in hand on the former and two in hand on the latter.
In the Champions League, meanwhile, City have advanced past the group stage and will face Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach in the round-of-16.
Manchester City’s schedule for this week are filled with cup competitions, starting with the Carabao Cup semi-finals facing Man Utd before an FA Cup clash against Birmingham City on Sunday.