Man City talk won't sideline De Bruyne – Allofs

The attacker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Volkswagen Arena, but the transfer chief says he will be in action this weekend


Wolfsburg ‘s sporting director Klaus Allofs insists Kevin De Bruyne will be available for Saturday’s Bundesliga visit to Koln.

Both coach Dieter Hecking and now Allofs have said the Belgium international will be available for the trip to the RheinEnergieStadion, but refused to confirm anything else – even though Manchester City are set to seal a £50 million deal for the 24-year-old’s services.

“For us there is no question. Of course he will be part of the squad on Saturday,” Allofs told reporters.

“It seems that everyone in this case is losing the plot a bit. But we want to keep a cool head.

“We are trying to find the best solution for everyone. My answer: he will be in the squad.”

Allofs also slammed De Bruyne’s treatment at the Sport Bild Awards, when the in-demand player repeated host Alexander Bommes as he said “this season I will definitely be playing for Wolfsburg” due to his limited grasp of German .

“The way was not correct for us because we had conditions not to talk about this topic,” he said. “And this funny way was not good from my point of view.

“Getting Kevin to repeat the sentence – that was not good. That is what we announced. You saw what consequences followed after this situation.

“Someone discussed our reaction and said that it shows that Kevin will leave us. That was wrong, it was not our intention.

“We wanted to show that we will not be forced to make promises. It is not appropriate. But this has no meaning in regards to a transfer. There is no final decision.

“This was not a good way of dealing with it and it showed us in a bad light.”