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Kevin De Bruyne makes Man City transfer claim as Arsenal put on red alert

Kevin De Bruyne and Lucas Paqueta
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Kevin De Bruyne has hinted at a potential openness to a move to Saudi Arabia amid uncertainty over his Manchester City future. With just one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, interest from the Saudi Pro League has been piqued as they aim to continue attracting top football talent to their shores.

Despite an injury sidelining him for five months, De Bruyne's assist record in the Premier League remains unmatched, underlining his continued influence in English football. The Belgian maestro, who had previously expressed intentions to fulfil his City contract, reaching a ten-year tenure, now faces personal considerations as his children begin to question their future in England.

Speaking to Dutch publication HLN, De Bruyne said: "I still have one year left on my contract, so I have to think about what could happen. My eldest is now eight years old and knows nothing but England. He also asks how long I will play for City. Once the moment comes, we will have to deal with it in a certain way."

As his eight year old son grows up accustomed to life in England, De Bruyne acknowledged that any upcoming decisions will need to be approached thoughtfully. His latest remarks are likely to keep potential suitors intrigued, and the player himself seems not to dismiss the prospect of joining the lucrative Saudi league.

"At my age you have to be open to everything," he said. "You're talking about incredible amounts of money in what may be the end of my career. Sometimes you have to think about that."

"If I play there for two years, I will be able to earn an incredible amount of money. Before that I had to play football for 15 years. I may not even reach that amount yet."

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De Bruyne added: "Then you have to think about what that could mean next. But at the moment I haven't had to think about that yet."

Despite missing half the season due to a nasty hamstring injury, he still managed to feature 26 times for City across all competitions, scoring six goals and providing 18 assists. De Bruyne also captained the Premier League winners on numerous occasions.