MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City are the team with the most expensive payroll in the Premier League, and it will continue to rise.
Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne agreed on Wednesday an extension of his contract that will keep him tied to the English club until 2025.
The extension was announced at the same time as the club’s annual report showed that the cost of salaries rose 11% in the last financial year, standing at 315 million pounds ($ 485 million). City’s payroll dwarfs that of its classic Manchester rival. United reported that its spending fell to 284 pound miles in the same period spanning the 2019-20 season, affected by the pandemic.
In a season in which they are competing for four titles, City indicated that their spending will be higher due to chips and bonuses to players and clubs – which would exceed 158 million dollars – “for meeting certain objectives.”
Pep Guardiola’s team could complete its most successful season since its owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, acquired the club in 2008.
They command the Premier League with a 14-point lead, aiming for their third English league title in four seasons. They will also contest this month an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea in the FA Cup and the League Cup final against Tottenham.
But the big prize that eludes City is the Champions League. De Bruyne was the scorer of the first goal in the 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the quarterfinal crossing on Tuesday. A center from the Belgian midfielder, established as the best player of last season, created the action that culminated in Phil Foden’s goal to seal the victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (right) celebrates with Riyad Mahrez after scoring the team’s first goal in the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Manchester. (AP Photo / Dave Thompson)Dave Thompson / AP
De Bruyne, who landed at City in 2015, will go on to earn a salary that will exceed 300,000 pounds a week ($ 412,000).
“This club is assembled to succeed,” said De Bryune, 29. “It offers me all the conditions to reach my full potential, so signing this contract was a simple decision. I am in my prime as a footballer and I feel that I still much more remains ”.
“Pep and I understand football in the same way,” he added. “Having a relationship like that with the coach is very important to me because our goals are totally linked.”
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