Pep Guardiola clarifies Kevin De Bruyne buy-out clause quotes

Since his Barca debut in 2008 under Guardiola, Busquets has gone on to become one of the most important players at the club, and is recognised as one of the best holding midfielders in world football.

De Bruyne was a key player in City's record-breaking run to the Premier League title last season, pitching in with 12 goals along the way.

The Catalan won 14 trophies in four seasons in charge, before moving on to Bayern Munich for three years to cement his status as a leading thinker in the game.

In midfield Guardiola is likely to deploy Fernandinho in his typical anchor role; with Riyad Mahrez, David Silva and Bernardo Silva positioned just in front.

"He's an incredible boy". "The clause is €250m".

De Bruyne celebrating with Leroy Sane.

"De Bruyne does everything and everything well, but still has room to grow".

"The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents".

Guardiola also spoke about life at the Etihad, saying, "Here [City] I feel very good".

"Here [City] I feel very good, very protected from football", he said.

"It's well known that we are delighted about him".

"I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams. I do not feel judged by a defeat or victory".

He now has a couple of months on the sidelines and City will be better for his return, which is always a scary prospect.

Vanessa Coleman

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