Together with the Blues having been stung by a two-year prohibit from Champions League competition, moves away from the Etihad for key players are mooted.
Kevin De Bruyne remains”committed to the job of Manchester City” and isn’t about to go searching for a move elsewhere, claims Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.
Speculation has begun to surface regarding potential exits for leading figures in the Etihad Stadium.
Premier League title holders City have been stung with a two-year prohibit from Champions League contest by UEFA for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
A lack of elite European actions has seen questions asked of whether key guys on and off the field will stick around beyond the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
De Bruyne, who’s sparked interest from the likes of Real Madrid previously, is among those to have seen a transfer mooted, but his international manager is convinced that the Belgian playmaker will stick around in Manchester.
Martinez told beIN Sports:”Kevin De Bruyne is dedicated to the job of Manchester City.
“So we do not know what is going to occur, the ban possibly will be [reduced] to a year.
“I think two years will have large implications to Manchester City.
“However, I think it’s too early, I do not think everybody is thinking for their futures just yet.
“I think that the time to talk concerning the future of these players will be following these competitions are apparent.”
City boss Pep Guardiola, who has seen his own future called into question, has stated that he expects notable members of his first-team squad to honor their contracts amid a background of uncertainty away from the pitch.
He’s said: “I am completely sure [of] the dedication of our players.
“It is about what they have shown for several years – nothing changes.
“At the end of the season nobody knows what will happen.
“With calm, we pick what we need, but for the next 3 months the dedication will be incredible.”
City have struggled for consistency as a collective in the Premier League this year, resulting in them surrendering a national crown, but are now getting ready for an eagerly-anticipated Champions League last-16 experience with Real Madrid plus a Carabao Cup last date with Aston Villa.