“You probably didn’t sense it, but the tectonic plates upon which the foundations of how transfers and contract negotiations within football take place shifted slightly this week.
“It’s rare the news of a player signing a new contract or moving to a new team will cause such a disturbance. The sheer volume of moves made and contracts signed in any given season means most deviations from the norm in how those transactions take place largely avoid the limelight.
“That wasn’t the case with Kevin De Bruyne’s new contract. The Belgian signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City on Wednesday which will keep him at the club until 2025. There’s nothing groundbreaking about this deal per se — most of the headlines read along the lines of “very good player commits to very good team” — but the manner in which the deal was finalised was notable.”
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