Belgium boss Roberto Martínez believes Kevin De Bruyne will stay at Manchester City even if they are banned from the Champions League.
City were hit with a two-year European ban by UEFA after violating Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, and a number of players are being linked with moves away from the club, De Bruyne included.
Bernardo Silva is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona and Raheem Sterling has revealed his admiration for Real Madrid, but Belgium boss Martinez is confident De Bruyne will remain with City for next season.
“Kevin de Bruyne is committed to the project of Manchester City,” Martinez said on beIN SPORTS.
“So we don’t know what’s going to happen, the ban maybe will be [reduced] to one year. I think two years will have big implications to Manchester City. But I think it’s too early, I don’t think everyone is thinking to their futures just yet. They play an important game against Real Madrid in the Champions League. I think the time of talking about the future of the players will be after all those competitions are clear.”
According to Belgian newspaper HLN, the 28-year-old Belgium international, who is on a basic wage of £280,000-per-week, could also suffer a substantial financial hit should City be banned from Europe's elite competition for the next two seasons.
If the ban is enforced, De Bruyne could miss out on at least 10 percent of his guaranteed wages, which include a loyalty fee and image rights, but Pep Guardiola and the board are confident that none of their important players will leave the club even if their appeal is unsuccessful.