Pep Guardiola reveals De Bruyne's £223m release clause at Man City

Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to return to Barcelona before he ends his coaching career to take charge of the B team once more.

The Belgium midfielder signed a new contract in January, which keeps him at the club until 2023 and Guardiola denied telling a Spanish journalist about his buyout clause. However, at that time it still made them the 20th highest revenue earner in the world and seventh in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester City generated a club-record 500.5 million pounds ($655 million) as it won the Premier League by amassing an unprecedented 100 points.

"The journalist asked if we'd sell him for 250million (euros) and I said no, but that is my personal opinion".

When it comes to Europe, Manchester City has now become the fifth club in the continent to cross the annual revenue mark of £500 million.

"After two or three days of training with him, he came to me and said, "I like this one".

The 27-year-old, City's player of the year as they won the Premier League last season, is now sidelined with a knee injury sustained during a training session last month.

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"We recognise that the sporting challenge continues".

"He's not fit for tomorrow but he's progressing well", Guardiola said.

But his Man City teammates have started the season in strong form, winning three of their first four games and remaining unbeaten ahead of their match against newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

He said: "I'm really impressed".

"He's the most important person to help all of us at Manchester City to make a step in front", Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

"I had the time of my life there, when the world was our oyster, with some incredible players".

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