Kevin De Bruyne's agent furious after player 'tricked' into committing future to Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne’s agent has insisted that no decision has been finalised about his client’s future amid reports continuously linking him with a move to Manchester City, ESPN reports. His comments came after De Bruyne commented at an award show that he would be staying with the Bundesliga club.
City have been pursuing the former Chelsea reject for quite some time and reports had emerged yesterday that the Sky Blues were preparing a bid in the region of £50 million for the 24-year-old. Vibes generating from Wolfsburg had indicated that a move was definitely on with club manager Dieter Hecking and sporting executive Klaus Allofs hinting that De Bruyne was on his way out of the club.
So when De Bruyne commented that he was staying with the club, eyebrows were raised. He was in Hamburg where he received the “Star of the Year” award at the SportBild awards before being questioned about his future.
In a video recorded at the awards ceremony, De Bruyne reportedly seems to be saying that he will be playing at Wolfsburg this season. The video was uploaded on Twitter which shows the audience also applauding after he makes the statement.
That statement roughly translated to: “I, Kevin De Bruyne, will definitely play at Wolfsburg this season."
Thomas Hiete, editor of German football magazine Kicker, felt that De Bruyne hadn’t actually meant what he said as he is not proficient in the language.
De Bruyne’s agent lashes out at interviewer for asking manipulative questions
Meanwhile, De Bruyne’s representative, Patrick de Koster, was not taking any chances. He retorted angrily soon after, accusing the interviewer of asking manipulative questions.
"We are devastated," De Koster said. "A practical joke in a live show, in a language the player doesn't completely understand? Unbelievable. I am furious by what has happened tonight. Kevin wanted to show respect by attending this event.”
De Koster had stated earlier in the day that his client would not be forcing a move away from the Volkswagen Arena.
“There is no way we would do something like that. We have a good relationship with Wolfsburg and a transfer request is not something that happens in Germany.
“At this stage we have not received a call to say that any bid has been accepted and until we do, Kevin will stay where he is,” he said.
He reiterated in the aftermath of yesterday’s incident that no decision has yet been taken regarding De Bruyne’s future and added that his client is happy at Wolfsburg.
"We have yet to find out if Wolfsburg has reached any agreement with a club. Kevin remains a Wolfsburg player and is focused on his job at the club. He also remains happy at Wolfsburg," De Koster said.