Kevin De Bruyne will reportedly reject Manchester City’s first offer of a contract extension and is said to be far from impressed with the club’s efforts to get him to sign on.
De Bruyne, 29, has become one of the best players in the world in recent years, and is undoubtedly one of City’s most important stars.
His current deal runs until the summer of 2023, and City are believed to be keen to tie him down on a new five-year contract.
But according to The Times De Bruyne is disappointed by what he has been offered so far, and is set to turn down the club’s first proposal.
The Belgian international currently earns an eye-watering £310,000 per week, but is not the highest-earning player in the Premier League, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and David de Gea above him.
De Bruyne believes his pay should reflect the fact he is arguably the most talented player in the division, and it remains to be seen whether City come back with an improved offer in the near future.
De Bruyne first joined City from Wolfsburg in 2015 and has had a successful spell in Manchester, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four Carabao Cups.
He was also awarded PFA Players’ Player of the Year last season following his stunning displays at the heart of the City midfield.
So far in the current campaign he has already created 12 assists and scored three goals, while he netted City’s third at the weekend in their 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
The one piece of silverware still missing from De Bruyne’s collection at City is the Champions League, and he will be desperate to put that right this season, with he and his side taking on Borussia Monchengladbach in the last 16 in February.