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'It doesn't matter' - De Bruyne not concerned with Alexis rejecting City for Man United

12:51 PM MYT 25/01/2018
Kevin De Bruyne Alexis Sanchez Manchester City Arsenal
The Belgian feels his club will get along just fine without the Chilean, who chose to move to the other side of Manchester

Alexis Sanchez may have turned down Manchester City for neighbours Manchester United but Kevin De Bruyne and the runaway Premier League leaders are unfazed.

Sanchez had been tipped to join Pep Guardiola at City before the Chile international forward opted to leave Arsenal for United in a blockbuster deal.

Belgian midfielder De Bruyne – who signed a new contract through to 2023 – insisted City are fine without the former Barcelona star.

"It doesn't matter," said De Bruyne. "We will still do what we need to do, with or without him.

"He chose United. Okay, there are a lot of good players. If they want to come, they want to come, and otherwise we will do it with our team."

City are 12 points clear of second-placed United atop the Premier League table after 24 matches.

De Bruyne and his team-mates face Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday before hosting West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Sanchez could make his debut for Jose Mourinho's side at Yeovil Town on Friday, ahead of the trip to Tottenham in the league midweek.

With the Chilean gone, Arsenal pulled off a win over Chelsea in the league cup semi-final that will see them face De Bruyne and City in the final in late February.