Steve Bruce Jokes Kevin de Bruyne Will Leave Manchester City and Sign for Newcastle United

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne starred for Manchester City in their 2-0 win at Newcastle | Pool/Getty Images

Steve Bruce jokingly claimed Kevin De Bruyne is going to sign for Newcastle United after the Magpies boss hijacked the Belgian's post-match interview on Sunday.

De Bruyne scored the opening goal from the penalty spot as Manchester City beat Newcastle 2-0 in their FA Cup quarter-final tie at St James' Park.

The Belgian midfielder who was celebrating his 29th birthday, put the visitors ahead with a penalty before Raheem Sterling wrapped up the win with an exquisite curled shot from range.

Speaking during his post-match interview, he said, "I think we played really well today. We dominated the game and we were really good in possession, but also defensively our shape was good. Except for the one mistake we made in the second half, we played perfectly. We could have scored more..."

De Bruyne wasn't able to finish his sentence as it was then that Newcastle manager Bruce appeared on camera to reveal quite the scoop.

"He's going to stay here and come here," Bruce joked. "That's an exclusive coming out of Newcastle tonight. He's had enough of Manchester City and he's going to come to play for Newcastle!"

De Bruyne has previously been linked with a move away from City, who are awaiting the result of their appeal against a two-year ban from Uefa competition.

And Newcastle - who are awaiting approval from the Premier League for a Saudi Arabian takeover bid worth £300million - have also been mentioned in connection with a number of high-profile players.