"I prefer to try and do as well as we can, and I like to be in the four competitions for as long possible", he said.
De Bruyne, who had eight league goals and 16 assists for City last season, played for more than an hour against Rotherham and looked close to full fitness, driving forward from midfield to create a host of chances for his team. I said many times, we did with Brahim the same we did with Phil (Foden) and Jadon (Sancho), we did absolutely everything but in the end the only one who decides to stay is Phil so that's all.
The 19-year-old was highly rated by the club but has followed winger Jadon Sancho out of the Etihad after the England global left in the summer of 2017, going on to make a huge impact at Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Brahim Diaz's departure for Real Madrid is a sign of good work being done by the club's academy despite the loss of another bright prospect. You get your games in the cup and any time a young lad gets an opportunity you've got to shine and show the manager - that's what I'm trying to do.
Leroy Sane's winning goal breathed new life into the title race as the champions secured a 2-1 win over the current league leaders and cut the gap at the top to four points. The better conditions for both teams, I never put in some trick about this. "If players want to stay, the door is always open for them".
"The only one who made a decision to stay was Phil and that's all".
Defender Benjamin Mendy has returned to training with the team and is expected to be fit in two or three weeks.
"I never speak with the groundsmen.how many issues do I have in my head to think about the pitch? I trust the groundsman, I never made a phone call to say do this to damage our opponents". Hopefully, in the last part of the season he is able to help us because we need him.
"Real Madrid are the best club in the world and you have to perform at the highest level every week", he said to Madrid's official television channel.