De Bruyne: Man City players have 'all trust' in club despite UCL ban

Manchester City's players "have all trust" in the club after its Champions League ban, Kevin De Bruyne, who starred in the team's 2-0 win over West Ham.

Kevin De Bruyne (left) starred in a 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham on Wednesday and the playmaker said there was no change at City despite off-field events.   -  Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne insisted nothing has changed at Manchester City and said the players have "all trust" in the club after the club was hit with a Champions League ban.

City was handed a two-season ban from European competition by UEFA last week after being found to have committed "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

The Premier League champion has denied any wrongdoing and intend to appeal, but speculation has mounted over manager Pep Guardiola and its star players' futures.

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De Bruyne starred in a 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham on Wednesday and the playmaker said there was no change at City despite off-field events.

"Obviously we were on holiday when the statement happened. We came back and played football. The situation is what it is," he told Sky Sports.

"We came back and trained like normal and in the end nothing really changed. We just play the games we have, like today when we gave a good performance.

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"We still have a lot to play for and let's hope we can find our rhythm as soon as possible and win some titles."

De Bruyne added: "The team give the statement. I don't know what else we can do other than play football. In the end the situation will show what it will show.

"The club is doing its thing and we have all trust in them."

Goals from Rodri and De Bruyne helped City consolidate second place and close the gap to Liverpool to 22 points in its first game since February 2.

De Bruyne felt the break impacted Guardiola's side, who travel to third-placed Leicester City on Saturday.

"It was okay. I think we saw it's been three weeks without football and we felt a little bit of rustiness, but we played a good game," he said.

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