De Bruyne expecting to be at Man City for 'a long time' amid talk of new contract

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The Belgian midfielder is already tied to a deal through to 2021, but his fine form has sparked talk of fresh terms at the Etihad Stadium

Kevin De Bruyne is expecting to stay at Manchester City for “a long time”, suggesting that he will commit to fresh terms.

The Belgium international is already tied to a contract through to 2021, but is expected to see his fine form rewarded at the Etihad Stadium.

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A new deal is being discussed, as revealed by Goal in October, with De Bruyne set to see his contribution of 25 goals and 45 assists in 104 outings for City recognised.

The 26-year-old has previously suggested that he is in no rush to put pen to paper, but he does admit to enjoying life under Pep Guardiola and sees his future in Manchester.

"Since Pep came to the club, he plays a style of football I like to play, so it makes it easy as a player," De Bruyne told Sky Sports.

"I like it here, it is the perfect environment and since I came here there has been a lot of trust in me. I like the project they are doing from the moment I came here.

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"There was an older team [when I first arrived], they did a lot of transfers, a lot of young people, they are building for the future.

"I like the project and I am really happy here and I see myself being a long time here."

Positivity is in plentiful supply at the Etihad right now, with City having taken in an unbeaten start to their 2017-18 campaign which has them making impressive progress at home and abroad.

A free-scoring outfit are perched at the top of the Premier League table and safely through to the last-16 of the Champions League.

A 4-2 victory over Napoli on Wednesday secured their passage to the knockout stages in Europe, while next up domestically is another crunch clash as Arsenal pay a visit to Manchester.

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"It is a very important one again,” De Bruyne added on that encounter. “We have Arsenal and United have Chelsea, so there are a lot of things that can happen again.

"If we win that game, it means that somebody else is also going to lose points with Arsenal.

"So it puts pressure on the rest, it gives us a good advantage and it is always handy to have more points and to put pressure on the other people."

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