Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne's future has taken a dramatic U-turn after agent Patrick de Koster denied the player's claims that he is set to rebuff interest from Manchester City. The Belgium international appeared to commit his future to the Bundesliga club during the Sport Bild Awards before his representative reopened the speculation regarding his future.
Asked about whether he would remain at the club, who he scored 10 league goals for last season as it finished second in the German top flight, the 24-year-old said: "I, Kevin De Bruyne, will definitely play this season at VfL Wolfsburg." However, despite such a clear declaration, Koster was left enraged as he felt his client had been ambushed by a question over his future, which was answered in German.
"I am furious by what has happened tonight," De Koster said, according to Sky Sports. "Kevin wanted to show respect by attending this event. No decision has been made on Kevin's future in this transfer window. 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."
Sky Sports understands De Bruyne has been subject of a £47m ($74m) bid from City and that an agreement has been reached between the two clubs. The midfielder played a vital role in helping Wolfsburg qualify for the Champions League last term and his reputation on the continent has swelled since his first spell in England. He was sold in the January transfer window of 2014, just two years after Chelsea acquired him from Genk, making just nine appearances in west London.
Meanwhile, one player who could make way for De Bruyne at City is Samir Nasri – despite the player's agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, denying Inter Milan are interested in the France international. The 28-year-old made just 18 Premier League starts last term, the last coming back in March.
Though Nasri has featured in both of City's opening league fixtures, his representative is coy over his future. "I've heard rumours in Italy about Inter and Samir," Bernes told FCInterNews, according to Goal.com. "However, there's absolutely nothing concrete with the Nerazzurri. Will he stay in Manchester? I can say that there's nothing with Inter."