Kevin De Bruyne said he would consider his future at Man City if their two-year European ban is upheld.
The Manchester club received the ban for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
They have appealed the punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, though, and are awaiting the outcome.
De Bruyne insisted Man City had done nothing wrong but said he will have a decision to make if the ban stands.
“I’m just waiting,” De Bruyne said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. “The club told us they are going to appeal and they are almost 100 hundred per cent sure they are right. That’s why I’m waiting to see what will happen. I trust my team.
“Once the decision is made, I will review everything. Two years would be long, but in the case of one year I might see.”
Remove a European ban from the equation, and De Bruyne said he had no reason to want to leave Manchester, even if the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona came knocking.
“I play for one of the best teams in the world, play in England – for my competitive view the best competition – and I like that,” the 28-year-old said.
“It remains a challenge to be the best and I need that too.”
De Bruyne has three years remaining on his current City contract but manager Pep Guardiola will be entering the final year of his own deal next season.
But De Bruyne said his future did not depend on the Catalan’s.
“I think Pep said he will take his year anyway no matter what. Then his contract ends,” he said. “But I’m not going to let my decision depend on what Pep is doing.
“Of course I have already worked with other trainers and when Pep leaves, I have to continue working with someone else. But I haven’t really paid much attention to that for the time being. There are more important things at the moment.”