De Bruyne now joins other players who have a long contract with Pep Guardiola’s team
Kevin de Bruyne signed a new contract with Manchester City until June 2025 and became the player with the highest salary in the clubBut he did it in a very different way than most footballers do.
The number 17 jersey has no agent, so he negotiated the deal directly with the City board. Without an agent to argue in his favor, de Bruyne used the services of a technology team, according to English newspapers.
The idea of using Big Data experts, which consists of a huge data set, to calculate its value and show the size of its importance within the English cast, came from the Belgian star.
Hired for 76 million euros in 2015, from the Wolfsburg, De Bruyne sum 255 games with him Manchester City. The midfielder has 65 goals, 110 assists and eight titles, including two from the Premier League; and everything seems to indicate that this season will lift for the third time the maximum title that English football offers.
By showing the report with his numbers, performance and market value, the Belgian convinced the management to give him a new contract. De Bruyne He now earns £ 300,000 a week, about $ 412,000.
Analysts hired by the midfielder also made a projection of what Manchester City could do in the next four years, when the contract between player and club ends. The experts analyzed the value and age of each player in the English squad, data that encouraged De Bruyne to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
“Signing this contract was a quick decision. This team is made for success and offers me everything I need to maximize my football,” said the player on the official website of the Manchester City.
De Bruyne now joins other players who have a long contract with the team of Pep Guardiola. In this group the defender stands out Rúben Dias, linked to the club until 2026, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, João Cancelo, Ferran Torres and Nathan Aké, all with a contract until 2025.
Next on the list of City is Raheem Sterling, who has a contract until June 2023, as well as the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez and the German Ilkay Gündogan, an important figure in the current season.