"De Bruyne has many options because we are discussing the contract with City". A minute later, that's forgotten. (Laughs) I have those (discussions) sometimes with my wife too. You too, I suppose! But now everything is okay.
With the spotlight firmly on the Belgian international, we ask: Is De Bruyne the best player in the Premier League?
Shrugging off the praise being heaped on him of late, the Belium star said: 'I don't care. It's nothing to make a big deal out of it. It happens sometimes. I was just a bit annoyed.
"We've had a couple [of important wins], especially in the beginning of the season and against Shakhtar". The winner of 6 cups in 3 different countries also saw quarterfinals, 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Football Championship.
"I want to help Kevin all I can to get to the highest level possible". A 30-yard through-ball, bisecting a defence and slowing down at the precise point Sterling placed his standing foot on the ground to swing his left foot.
His technique, wide range of passing, and long-range shooting skills are undoubtedly regarded as one of the best in Europe. I knew it was going to be tough. They were playing really good football.
However, their creative duo was involved in rather a peculiar incident, following the half-time whistle.
De Bruyne confirmed that his agent has opened talks with City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain over a new contract but is not "stressing" about the outcome.
De Bruyne is similarly at ease when it comes to assessing the hype around a succession of acclaimed showings for City, which culminated in Guardiola fielding questions comparing his midfielder's talents to Lionel Messi before the Napoli match.