The agent of Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne has categorically denied suggestions the player has committed his future to Wolfsburg, he was the victim of ‘a stupid practical joke’.
Social media was awash with reports on Monday evening in which De Bruyne appeared to claim he was staying at the German club.
Premier League giants City have chased the Belgian playmaker all summer, after he finished last season with a record number of assists for the German Cup winners and Bundesliga runners-up.
Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs recently admitted the club is expecting a ‘crazy’ offer for the 24-year-old, with the Blues reportedly readying a £49million bid which will see the former Chelsea man earn around £230,000 a week.
But the ongoing saga took another unexpected turn on Monday, with the German Player of the Year telling press at the Sport Bild award ceremony: “I will stay at Wolfsburg this season.”
However, in an exclusive interview recently, agent Patrick De Koster fumed that his client had been duped into making the statement.
“When we came into the awards ceremony there was an agreement that we were not going to talk about the situation before a live audience,”
“And, I don’t know why, but at a certain moment the moderator asked Kevin, ‘could you affirm that you will play against Bayern in October’? to which Kevin jokingly replied, ‘yeah, yeah’.
“At that stage he then told Kevin, ‘repeat after me, I Kevin (I Kevin) declare I will stay (declare I will stay) in Wolfsburg in October (…in Wolfsburg in October). So it was a practical joke, but we were not amused with it.”
“Why? Because a few minutes later the whole internet and social media was full of this declaration, but for sure it wasn’t a declaration. It was just a practical joke, a stupid practical joke!
“And Kevin, before a live audience, what can he do? German is not his mother language!”
De Koster added that, despite the stunt, the clubs are still locked in talks over the midfielder’s future and a decision is apparently imminent.
“We were really furious about it because he [Kevin] has not made his choice,” he added. “I know negotiations between the clubs are still ongoing.
“Can we find the solution? We will see in the next few hours or days what is going to happen.
“But what happened yesterday evening was not professional.”