Guardiola, who spent four years in charge at Camp Nou before taking a whole year off from football from 2012 to 2013, also found things calmer in Germany when managing Bayern Munich.
City Watch has been informed that De Bruyne stepped on to the training pitch today for some individual work, as he steps up his rehab.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Manchester City star David Silva has hinted he would fancy a move away from the English topflight and join Spanish side Las Palmas in 2020. Not many teams could lose a player of De Bruyne's quality and still be competitive.
"He's an incredible boy".
"The clause is €250m (£223m). I'm sorry, he is not for sale". "He's very good. He's a very dynamic player".
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The Spaniard went on to praise his midfielder, adding, "De Bruyne does everything and everything well, but still has room to grow".
The ex-Barcelona coach told a press conference (via Goal's Sam Lee): "I don't know what is his release clause". "I'm well protected, I don't feel judged".
De Bruyne watching on in his knee brace.
"I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams".
He now has a couple of months on the sidelines and City will be better for his return, which is always a scary prospect.