Trouble Before Derby: Why Kevin de Bruyne Is Being Sued For £1.4m

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne shoots at goal under pressure from Barcelona's Jeremy Mathieu.

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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has encountered a mental dead end, after a company filed a lawsuit worth over a billion pounds against him right before the Manchester derby, reports The Sun.

The star midfielder, who has been the standout performer for the Sky Blues, now faces the risk of getting his incredible form derailed due the latest developments.

The Belgian had signed a deal with a Luxembourg-based company called Image Rights soon after his switch to Chelsea back in 2012. And later on, De Bruyne formed the KHDB firm in order to legally avoid taxes on his earnings off the pitch.

However, due to eventual disagreements between him and the then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, the City midfielder made a switch to the Bundesliga, and the KHDB firm was left with no funds or earnings.

And now, Image Rights official Fabrice Louette has claimed that he, and some of his other colleagues and shareholders, were dropped from the firm right around the time when the Belgian arrived at the Etihad, leaving just his father Herwig as the sole associate.

Further, Image Rights also claim that their contract with the midfield maestro was never terminated, and are demanding a whopping £1.4 million as compensation, alongside a £4,400 daily penalty for non-payment.

Moreover, City officials themselves, along with the playmaker’s kit sponsors, may also give their statements and evidence during a trial that will be held soon.

Though the 26-year-old’s lawyers withheld most of the information about the controversy, they did insist a strong case will be presented when the trial is held at the Luxembourg court.


Written by Ashish Sreejith  

Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.


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