Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident Kevin de Bruyne will eventually sign new terms.
City have been looking to tie the Belgian down to fresh terms for some time and, despite protracted talks, remain optimistic that he will commit his future to the club.
“I’m pretty sure he will stay but at the same time we have to respect the process,” Guardiola said.
“Kevin knows how we appreciate him – not just as a football player but as a person – and how important he is at the club.
“I’m not worried but at the end of course it is his decision.”