I'll finish where I started - Guardiola wants return to Barca B

Guardiola reveals plans for Barcelona return

De Bruyne was the star man as City smashed a string of records in romping to the Premier League title under the Catalan's leadership last term.

Guardiola has helped De Bruyne flourish at City and confirmed his star player was not for sale.

He told Universo Valdano: "He is really good, a very dynamic player".

"[Leeds United boss] Marcelo Bielsa told me he was his favourite player. I recently met his parents and understood a lot about why he is a fantastic guy".

"He's an incredible boy. I'm sorry, he's not for sale".

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The Spaniard has just marked a decade since making his debut for the Barcelona first team against Racing Santander and has been a vital figure in the side ever since.

And the 47-year-old confirmed he also has ambitions to try his hand at worldwide management should the chance arise.

"If given the opportunity, I want to coach a national team", he said. "I've always been curious about it".

City view De Bruyne as central to their long-term plans as they target domestic and European dominance and the clause is a deterrent to would-be suitors. Although the Belgian clearly has plans to stay put in Manchester for years to come, his manager has revealed that his new contract does include a big-money release clause. We took it on with some incredible players, a young president (Joan Laporta), Txiki (Begiristain).it was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world (Lionel Messi).

"Here [City] I feel very good, very protected from football", he said.

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