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Kevin De Bruyne asked Leicester’s Harry Maguire for favour

Man City 5 – Leicester 1

A clip is doing the rounds from Man City’s tunnel cam following last weekend’s 5-1 win over Leicester City.

The writing was on the wall for Leicester when Raheem Sterling opened after three minutes.

Yet, the Foxes when into the break level after Jamie Vardy scored against the Sky Blues.

In the second half Sergio Aguero took over. The Argentine scored four goals to move onto 21 goals for the season.

Kevin De Bruyne also lit up the match with a hat-trick of assists.

Kevin De Bruyne & Harry Maguire

After the game, Kevin De Bruyne was caught having a quiet word with Harry Maguire in the tunnel.

The England and Belgian internationals swapped jerseys, before KDB said “take some points off the big boys for us.”

Maguire was heard replying that out that Man City are “16 points” clear of Man United at the top of the table and they don’t need much help.

For the record, De Bruyne’s request was a little futile.

Leicester have now played City’s rivals Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool twice, while they still need to take on Tottenham for a second time this season.

The Foxes couldn’t help City even if they wanted to!

Basel vs Manchester City

While the lion’s share of the attention in the Champions League tonight will be on the Juventus vs Tottenham game, Pep Guardiola will be hoping to avoid any slip up in Switzerland.

Basel are arguably the weakest team left in the UCL, and Man City should have no problems reaching the quarterfinals.

The Times on Tuesday suggest that Leroy Sane could start against Basel.

Sane was injured in the last round of the FA Cup. Indeed, such was the fear about how bad Sane’s injury was, many believed that was the reason Man City tried to sign Ryad Mahrez from Leicester on January 31.

Times: Basel vs Man City predicted XI

Also see: Basel vs Manchester City predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & football betting tips.

Almost done: Man City’s three summer signings lined up.

Man United receive huge David de Gea transfer boost: report

Real Madrid have elected to dedicate their attention towards signing Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois instead of David de Gea in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The European champions had initially turned their attention towards signing Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, only for the Spaniard to sign a new contract with the Basque club.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claimed last week that Madrid have reignited interest in both Courtois and De Gea, adding that the former would be easier to sign.

And according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, the hierarchy at the Bernabeu, despite coming minutes away from signing De Gea in 2015, believe Courtois will be an easier option to pursue once the transfer window opens.

The Belgian recently noted in an interview that Madrid – where his young family still lives – was still very much his home and claimed he wanted to go back there at some point in his career. And a sizeable offer from Florentino Perez – possibly in the region of £100m – may be too good for Chelsea to turn down.

De Gea, on the other hand, is thought to be relaxed with life in Manchester under Mourinho, and certainly isn’t angling for a move away like he was in 2015 during Louis van Gaal‘s time at the club.

David de Gea wins Manchester United points by himself, claims Petr Cech

David De Gea’s rise up from a much-maligned goalkeeper who struggled in the Premier League at first makes his current standing all the more impressive, according to Arsenal’s Petr Cech.

The Spaniard is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest shots toppers, having kept more clean sheets than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

But his first couple of years at Manchester United after a record-breaking move from Atletico Madrid were full of criticism.

Cech, who was once himself seen as one of the best goalkeepers in English football while at Chelsea, hailed his rival for his current performances at Man United.

“Why I rate him is that he was struggling at the start. He had problems adapting to the league, people were saying ‘he’s too weak, he’s too slim, he doesn’t make saves’ this and that, he overcame that,” Cech said. “That shows you his real strength.”

The Czech Republic legend claimed that De Gea is single-handedly responsible for United winning certain points this season.

“If you imagine United without David de Gea, probably they would have less points, he makes so many important saves during the game,” Cech said.

The Arsenal Man knows that all too well after De Gea made an astonishing number of saves at the Emirates in a clinical 3-1 victory. That included a sensational double-stop to deny Alexander Lacazette and ensure United took the three points.

Games against Stoke City and Liverpool have also seen De Gea show just how essential he is to the club, with match winning or match saving moments.

Only a matter of time before David de Gea jumps ship at Man United for Real Madrid move, claims Bellamy

It’s only a matter of time before David de Gea finally decides to leave Manchester United to return to his home city and play for Real Madrid, claims Craig Bellamy.

The former-Manchester City player insisted that De Gea will eventually join Los Blancos despite rumours of a new long-term contract at Old Trafford for the Spaniard.

De Gea joined Man United for a record-breaking deal from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and after struggling for a couple of seasons, has established himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, a fact undisputed by anyone in football.

The consistency of De Gea’s quality makes tying him down to a new contract the biggest current priority for United. Bellamy thinks that’s unlikely, though.

“He is the real deal and I have always felt that Real Madrid have been looking for him to be their No 1 for a number of years,” Bellamy told the Sky Sports show The Debate.

“And it is just a matter of time before they get him.

“His footwork is brilliant, he anticipates as well, he can read forwards and if you watch, he makes a lot of his saves with his feet. He is incredible.

“He asks the forward so many questions when you are gunning down on him and he is a real top goalkeeper.”

De Gea is utterly irreplaceable. Real Madrid could offer in excess of £100m but United would not be able to secure the same quality in goal even with that money, and the club are hardly strapped for cash either.

Real Madrid, though, may prove more desperate than ever to secure their man this summer after coming close in 2015 – an administration error on a fax machine, so the myth goes, prevented the deal from going through.

The Spanish giants are miles away from FC Barcelona in La Liga and have looked far less of a force than the last two seasons under Zinedine Zidane. Club president Florentino Perez is reportedly keen for a huge summer with a spend of around £500m focusing on United’s De Gea, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

“Usually every top club has a rebuild and maybe it has been a little bit more overdue with Madrid because of the success of they have had in the Champions League,” says Bellamy.

“But I see De Gea being a huge part of that and Real Madrid do spend money, they always have done, they have been quiet over the last few years.

“So probably due to the fact that it will take a huge fee to get him and prise him away from Man Utd, I would be shocked if he did not go.”