Kevin De Bruyne could lose out on up to £2.5m in add-ons after Man City’s Champions League ban by Uefa – The Sun
KEVIN DE BRUYNE could miss out on up to £2.5million a season in add-ons after Man City's Champions League ban.
The Etihad club have been excluded from Europe's top competition for two years for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
Reports have claimed that boss Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling are willing to stay at the club despite their exile.
De Bruyne, 28, is another player who has been linked with leaving amid their crisis.
But even if the Belgian stays, he is set to miss out on a load of cash as a consequence of not playing in the Champions League.
Respected journalist Kristof Terreur quoted Football Leaks numbers detailing the breakdown of De Bruyne's additional payments.
It is believed that the two-time Premier League winner gets £1.25m-£1.5m per season for Champions League qualification on top of his basic wages.
If City win the Champions League, De Bruyne – who is on a basic wage of £280,000 a week – pockets a further £1m.
With a position at Europe's top table out of the window, that's £2.5m up in smoke.
City will launch an appeal against the ruling with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Rival teams want the process quickened up to provide clarity – with fifth place in the Premier League this season suddenly taking on a whole new meaning.
City owner Sheikh Mansour is committed to getting the world's best lawyers to fight his club's case.
One of the hacked emails published by Der Spiegel gave a hint of how hard City will fight their two-year Champions League ban.
The email from club lawyer Simon Cliff read: “Khaldoon said he would rather spend £30million on the 50 best lawyers in the world to sue them for the next ten years.”
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