Kevin De Bruyne stance on Man City exit as 'transfer meetings' b-egin

Kevin De Bruyne's representatives have reportedly held meetings with 10 Saudi Arabian clubs this week, ahead of the summer transfer window.

Despite the 32-year-old Manchester City midfielder not being keen on a lucrative move to the Saudi Pro League, Al Hilal have long considered him a marquee signing and are working to change his mind. Roc Nation Sports, which also represents Vinicius Junior, Gabriel Martinelli and Lucas Paqueta, had its top agents, Alan Redmond and Renato Martinez, engage in face-to-face discussions with reigning champions Al Hilal, Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad, among others, during a quick three-day business trip.

Despite these developments, De Bruyne is still anticipated to extend his contract with City before eventually transitioning to the MLS - his preferred destination. San Diego FC have already initiated private preliminary discussions with the six-time Premier League winner's club to express their interest in a future transfer, reports the Mirror.

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However, when he finally decides to end his illustrious career at City, he will have several other potential suitors in the United States. In February, Pep Guardiola stated that it was up to De Bruyne to decide his future.

When asked about Saudi interest in his key player, Guardiola remarked: "It's a question for him. I would love that he stays, but I don't know. I listen, yeah, from some links, but I don't know if he has an offer. I don't know if Saudi Arabia wants him, I don't know. I would love for him to stay here, of course. But everyone is everyone."

Meanwhile, De Bruyne's teammates Ederson and Bernardo Silva are also attracting attention from top Saudi clubs, following a summer where these clubs splashed out £701.3m on transfers. Goalkeeper Ederson, aged 30, may see his future at City become uncertain as Al-Ittihad are reportedly ready to make an initial offer, while Bernardo still has eyes for Barcelona despite PSG's interest.

Last year, Bernardo turned down a lucrative contract offer from Al Hilal, opting instead to extend his stay at City with a new deal that includes a £50m release clause. He elaborated in an RTP interview: "I would lie if I said I didn't think about it [Saudi Arabia]. What interested me was the heat of playing in a UEFA Champions League semi-final, listening to the [Etihad] stadium going wild after scoring against Real Madrid in the semi-finals or when we won the final against Inter Milan. I didn't want to give up on that."