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De Bruyne closing in on bumper £200k-a-week deal at the Etihad

By Miguel Delaney

Kevin de Bruyne is close to agreeing a lucrative new Manchester City contract, with the club now confident of finalising a deal before Christmas, fortifying his status as a key player in their future.

While a few issues have to be sorted out, such as the exact time scale - it is expected to be between four and six years - both sides are eager to get it done.

City also want it sorted before the World Cup, especially as the 26-year-old's reputation grows, as it would strengthen their stance that he is not for sale.

De Bruyne is expected to double his current wages at the Etihad and earn £200,000-a-week but with a series of bonuses.

City have also taken the first steps to agreeing new contracts with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, while there is an expectation that Fernandinho will sign an extension in the summer when his current deal ends.

On Saturday, De Bruyne spoke of his happiness at City. He said: "I'm very happy here. I made the right decision coming to City and my family feels the same."

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