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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appeared to reveal star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has a €250 million (£223 million) buyout clause in his contract in an interview, only to walk back the comment during a press conference on Friday.

The tactician initially spoke to Universo Valdano (h/t Goal Jamie Smith), heaping praise on De Bruyne and saying he was not for sale:

He’s very good. He’s a very dynamic player.

“[Leeds United boss] Marcelo Bielsa told me he was his favourite player. He does everything.

“The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents.

“He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250 million. I’m sorry, he’s not for sale.

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