Kevin De Bruyne has made himself a hero at Manchester City, becoming one of the world's very best during their record-breaking years. The ex-Wolfsburg star has been the man these past few seasons and thinking of life without him at the Etihad must seem pretty bleak for the City faithful.
This nightmare, however, could soon become a reality. The playmaker told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws: "Once the decision is made, I will review everything.
“Two years would be long - but in the case of one year, I might see. I'm just waiting. The club told us they're going to appeal and they're almost 100% sure they're right," De Bruyne said.
"That's why I'm waiting to see what will happen. I trust my team."
The City superstar is playing at the peak of his abilities at 28 years old and it would be doing football a disservice if a man of his talent wasn’t competing on the biggest stage in Europe.
However, his current contract runs until the summer of 2023, which throws many doubts into a potential transfer, should he wish to leave. Ultimately, whoever wants to seal his signature will have to bring out the chequebook in large numbers.
Of course, there are clubs out there who could afford to lure him away from City, however. Here, we will look at where arguably Europe's very best in De Bruyne could end up.