Pep Guardiola expects Kevin De Bruyne to commit his long-term future to Manchester City despite reports the Belgium midfielder’s contract talks have stalled.
De Bruyne, voted the PFA Player of the Year last season, is said to want a deal that reflects his status as one of the world’s best midfielders and vice-captain of the club.
“But he knows how we appreciate him, not just as a football player but as a person.
“He is very important for the club. I am not worried. But at the end of course it is his decision.”
FOOTBALL AN ‘ISLAND’
The 29-year-old provided the assist for Phil Foden’s goal and scored his first from open play this season.
City are bidding to win the trophy for a fourth successive season and a sixth time in eight years.
“My team won three times in a row. A semifinal for a fourth time in a row means a lot. If it would not be important, we would have dropped it before,” he said.
The Premier League and lower leagues in England are allowed to play on despite Monday’s introduction of new stringent restrictions for the public.
“It looks like we are an island inside society, everything is locked down except ourselves,” Guardiola said.
“When people say football, players are special maybe it is the truth, I couldn’t believe it before – I thought the doctors, teachers, architects, every person was the same – but it looks as if everything is closed except our business.
“All the managers must adapt to the situation, this is the reality, we are not an exception.”