Kevin de Bruyne prompted to say he’ll stay at Wolfsburg

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne might stay at Wolfsburg this season, saying Monday he would remain with the Bundesliga club after being prompted to do so by a television personality.

De Bruyne was linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester City but the 24-year-old Belgian said at the Sport-Bild awards that he liked the familiar atmosphere at Wolfsburg.

Pressed further by awards presenter Alexander Bommes, he repeated word-for-word after him, ”I, Kevin de Bruyne, will definitely play this season at VfL Wolfsburg.”

De Bruyne, recently named Germany’s footballer of the year, has a contract with Wolfsburg through 2019.

The former Werder Bremen midfielder joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea in January 2014, going on to score 13 goals and set up 27 more in 51 Bundesliga games for the side. He was instrumental in Wolfsburg’s second-place finish last season.