Manchester City's Pep Guardiola reveals Barcelona return plans

Although Guardiola clearly has no intention of letting De Bruyne leave, he added that there is a clause in his new City deal - something which will come as a surprise to many. He has won everything in football including La Liga, the Champions League, the World Cup and the European Championships and it seems Messi recognised his talent nearly instantly.

City have barely missed De Bruyne's influence, but did drop points in a 1-1 draw with Wolves in their third league game of the season.

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. "I'm sorry, he's not for sale". "Hopefully, it will be Barca's", he told the Universo Valdano show, which will air in Spain on Thursday night.

De Bruyne celebrating with Leroy Sane. He does everything. The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents.

Speaking ahead of City's Premier League clash with Fulham on Saturday, Guardiola clarified that he had in fact meant that, as far he is concerned, £250m wouldn't be a high enough fee for the Belgium midfielder. Very protected from football.

De Bruyne watching on in his knee brace.

"I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams".

He now has a couple of months on the sidelines and City will be better for his return, which is always a scary prospect.