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De Bruyne explains how Man City stars reacted to UCL ban

Kevin De Bruyne insists the Manchester City stars remain focused on winning trophies this season – and are not thinking about their Champions League ban.

City were on Friday given a two-season ban from European football and fined £24.9million for breaching financial regulations.

De Bruyne and Co were enjoying their winter break when the news emerged last week, with the reigning Premier League champions returning to action on Wednesday night with a comfortable win over West Ham.

And following that Premier League triumph, which saw De Bruyne wrap up the 2-0 win with a well-taken goal, the Belgian opened up on the players’ attitudes following the shock news.

“We were on holiday when the statement happened. We came back and we played football,” said De Bruyne.

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“The situation is what it is, but we came back, trained like normal and in the end, nothing really changed for us. We just play the games that we have and today we gave a good performance.

“We still have a lot to play for with the two cups and the Champions league, so let’s hope we can find our rhythm as quick as possible and win some titles at the end of the year.”

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