The Belgian international has been attracting a lot of interest in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund vying for his signature following an impressive loan spell with Werder Bremen for the 2012-13 campaign.
Dortmund want him on a permanent basis but it’s thought that the Blues do not want to sell him whereas Bayer Leverkusen want to take him on loan as part of the deal that would see Andre Schurrle go to Stamford Bridge, but it seems as though De Bruyne won’t make any decision on his future until he knows where he stands with his parent club.
The 21-year-old said:
“I haven’t spoken to Jose Mourinho, so I don’t know what he thinks of me as a player or what his plans are for me.
“Logically, at big teams like Chelsea, the manager tends to go for the more experienced players and the younger ones have more chances at smaller teams.
“For me, who the coach is doesn’t really matter. What counts is being at a team where I am going to play games. I want to progress and improve as a player, and I need to be playing to do that.
“Really my future is something for my agent to sort out with the clubs. All I can say is all options are open. After the Serbia game, I am off on holiday to Los Angeles for a fortnight. At the moment, I don’t know if I’ll be spending pre-season at Chelsea or somewhere else. We will see what happens.”
So, it seems that De Bruyne will base his decision on the amount of playing time he can expect to get and if he doesn’t get those assurances then he will ask to go out on loan, or even leave as he says his options are open.
I believe he’s already good enough to be a part of Chelsea’s first team squad and would be a more natural choice to play in the midfield attacking three than Victor Moses, and could give Oscar a run for his money also, but Chelsea seem determined to get this Schurrle deal done and that would likely mean De Bruyne will be at the BayArena next season. I’m aware of the rumours that the deal has hit a snag and the Blues may withdraw from negotiations, but this could be information leaked by agents in order to get the clubs to pull their finger out.
Mourinho will manage a World XI against Michael Ballack and Friends, managed by Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voller, in a testimonial for the German midfielder tonight. Schurrle will feature in the game and reports suggest there may be some sort of meeting arranged post-match.
I’m a little underwhelmed from what I have seen from Schurrle this season but he is young and of course I’ll give him a chance whilst wishing him all the best should he come here. If De Bruyne is loaned out as part of the deal then it’s better than losing him on a permanent basis.
As an aside, from now on Chelsea must insert buyback fees or 50% sell-on clauses should they sell any of their promising young talent in order to avoid the situation we potentially face if we wanted to bring Nemanja Matic back to Stamford Bridge.
Source: Daily Mail