Ahead of Belgium’s game against England today, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has revealed he is unmoved by rumours of Lionel Messi joining him at the Etihad after leaving Barcelona.
According to Sky Sports, City have been linked with a move to sign Messi with the club’s chief operating officer Omar Berrada saying the club will be ready to pounce should the Argentine allow his contract with Barcelona to expire next summer.
Manchester City are apparently the choice destination for the Argentine considering that former Barca boss Pep Guardiola is their manager. However, the Belgian has played down speculation surrounding a possible move as a result.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Group B match against England in the UEFA Nations League, De Bruyne, when asked about Messi said: “I don’t really care to be honest.
“If he comes, it’s a good thing, if he doesn’t there is enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with, so that is not for now,” he said.
The 29-year-old also disclosed he is open to signing a new contract at the Etihad but said there hasn’t been any talk regarding that for now.
De Bruyne, who has won a host of individual awards and club honours has been a key part of City’s success in recent years. The Belgian will be in the side to play the Three Lions at Wembley later on Sunday evening.
There are two and a half more years on his contract with City and reports suggest he is poised to get an extension.
De Bruyne said: “I am very happy at the club, I can say now I have not spoken once to the club so I don’t know why people are saying I have already agreed to something.
“I always told everybody I am really happy at the club and I feel comfortable so if the people at the club want to talk to me I am open to that and we will see what happens.
“But at the moment nothing has happened so I just get on with the way it goes.”