De Bruyne out for up to six weeks

De Bruyne out for up to six weeks

"We want him here, but at the end of the day it's him, agents and his family that decide", Guardiola said.

"He knows the desire we want for all young players", Guardiola added.

The youngster joined City in 2013 from Malaga and has played three times this season for the first team, although not in the Premier League.

The Pep Guardiola tutored-side have managed to crush opponents in the absence of the 27-year-old De Bruyne, but the Spaniard tactician will see this as a bitter bill coming just weeks after returning to the game.

The Belgian suffered the problem to his left knee in the 86th minute of Thursday's 2-0 Carabao Cup win at home to Fulham.

"We have been a little bit harder on them in training with the chances that they have", he said. He knew that at the start of the season and wanted to stay. It is the desire of them.

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"My opinion is not changed because of two goals or because he was not selected in any Premier League games".

He doubled the lead in the 65th by slotting a shot high into the net from close range after Gabriel Jesus' curling effort came back off the post.

"He knew that from the beginning and he chose to stay".

City, the defending League Cup champion, will play either Leicester or Southampton in the quarterfinals.

"It was a hard situation because of the pitch and the conditions and tough physicality but today again he was involved in the offensive and defensive side, in the pace, in the set pieces, the passes and assists".

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