De Bruyne can cope without Champions League football for a year

May 3, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed that he remains committed to the Sky Blues should their European football ban be just a year.

The current reigning Premier League champions have been handed a two-year ban from all UEFA competitions for a ‘serious’ breach of Financial Fair Play rules. They intend to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an effort to get the ban reduced.

It remains to be seen whether that will be the case but De Bruyne insists that he remains committed to the club but a long ban could see his future come into doubt.

Talking to, Het Laatste Nieuws, he said: “The club has told us that they will appeal the decision, and they are 100 per cent convinced that they are in the right.

“I have confidence in my club: if they are saying it’s true, then I believe them. We’ll wait and see what happens. Once there’s a final decision I will look at it.

“Two years [without Champions League football] would be long. One year is something I might be able to cope with.”

De Bruyne, 28, has a contract at the Etihad Stadium until June 2023. Since joining from Wolfsburg, he has made 209 appearances. scored 50 goals and provided 86 assists.

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