Manchester City's Pep Guardiola reveals Barcelona return plans

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola reveals Barcelona return plans

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists Kevin De Bruyne doesn't have a release clause in his contract, but said the player was not for sale anyway.

Guardiola won three LaLiga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups in a memorable four years before enjoying similar levels of success with Bayern Munich.

De Bruyne was the star man as City smashed a string of records in romping to the Premier League title under the Catalan's leadership last term.

Without the Belgian in their side City still boast players likes Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden in their ranks. De Bruyne has attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona in the past.

"He's an incredible boy".

De Bruyne, 27, is injured, though Guardiola confirmed the player is making good progress and was still on course for a return before Christmas.

"The clause is €250m (£223m). I'm sorry, he is not for sale".

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. "I'm well protected, I don't feel judged".

De Bruyne watching on in his knee brace.

I will finish where I started: "my last steps will hopefully be in the academy of Barça".

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