Jose Mourinho admits interest abroad in De Bruyne, Wolfsburg throw name in hat
Kevin De Bruyne has made little movement into the Chelsea squad this season under Jose Mourinho.
Arriving in the summer of 2012, the baby-faced Belgian was not sent out on loan this season with the hopes the 22-year-old could make his way into the first team.
However, with the squad packed in the attacking midfield, De Bruyne has found it tough to make headway into his boss’s first-team plans.
With this in mind, Mourinho decided it might be time to cash in on the talented winger.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s match with Hull City this weekend, Mourinho confirmed there is interest in De Bruyne, with the club having received two bids for the Belgian.
“He has a chance to go,” Mourinho said. “He is a player that Chelsea has a couple of proposals. One of them can be good situation.”
One of those bids is most likely from Wolfsburg, who experienced De Bruyne first-hand last season while he was in the Bundesliga on loan. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs made it known they’d like to have him on their side this time around.
“There have been a lot of speculations around Kevin De Bruyne but he will join Wolfsburg,” Allofs told media from a training camp in Abu Dhabi. “We have spoken to them (Chelsea) about the subject. If we succeed, it is not to put down our own players. We are strong without De Bruyne.”
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea have initially asked for £25 million ($41.2 million), but that the two clubs are close to agreeing to a deal for around £18 million ($29.6 million).
It would be unfortunate to see the young talent leave the Premier League, without having been given a true chance to make his mark. De Bruyne was out on loan the last two years, at Werder Bremen last year and in Belgium at KRC Genk the season before.
This year, with Mourinho keeping him at Stamford Bridge, De Bruyne made just nine appearances (five starts) across all competitions, and just three Premier League appearances.
Mourinho also refused to discuss Chelsea’s reported interest in Manchester United attacker Wayne Rooney.
“I don’t want to speak about it,” Mourinho said when prompted on the subject. “We play Man United in a few days. I don’t think it’s nice to speak about a Man United player. You have to ask him (Rooney). You have to ask the player and Man United, because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn’t end at the end of the season.”