Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident Kevin De Bruyne will sign a new long-term deal at the club.
There is a new contract on the table for the Belgium midfielder, who is currently tied to City until 2023, but it has yet to be signed.
However, Guardiola is not too concerned.
“I am pretty sure he will stay but at the same time we have to respect the process,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I don’t know what is going on as I didn’t speak with Txiki (Begiristain, City’s director of football).
“But he knows how we appreciate him, not just as a football player but as a person.
“He is very important for the club. I am not worried. But at the end of course it is his decision.”
De Bruyne will be a key figure in the Carabao Cup semi-final against neighbours Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
City are bidding to win the trophy for a fourth successive season, and a sixth time in eight years, and having beaten their arch-rivals in a two-legged semi-final last season, Guardiola goes into the tie confident.