English Premiership

De Bruyne responds to Sanchez snubbing City

Kevin De Bruyne.(Getty Images)
Kevin De Bruyne.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Kevin De Bruyne insists Manchester City will continue to thrive after being asked for his thoughts on Alexis Sanchez’s decision to snub the Blues for Manchester United.

The Chilean had long been expected to move to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal, with the Belgian superstar even letting slip that Sanchez’s move to the Blues had been agreed last month.

However, City withdrew their interest in the player citing the spiraling costs needed to sign the former Barcelona and Udinese star, leaving United with a clear run to sign the player, which they duly did on Monday evening – and making Sanchez the Premier League’s highest-paid player on £500,000 a week in the process.

But De Bruyne, who himself this week signed a new deal at Manchester City, insisted life at the Etihad would go on, despite Sanchez’s decision to opt for a move to Manchester United.

"If it doesn’t go, it doesn’t matter, we will still do what we need to do, with or without him.

"And he chose United. There are a lot of good players. If they want to come, they want to come, and otherwise we will do it with our team."

City will be favourites to maintain their lead at the top of the English Premiership table when they next welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 22:00. (SA time)