Juventus have made an enquiry into the availability of out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne according to reports in Italy.
The 22-year-old made a bright start this season against Hull on the opening day of the Premier League but has become an obscure figure since and was criticised by Jose Mourinho for his performance against Swindon in the Capital One Cup, so it’s expected that he’ll seek a move in January.
Italian publication Tuttosport claim that the Blues will allow the youngster to go out on loan this winter as he needs to guarantee himself playing time ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil and has been advised to do so by his club and international team-mate Eden Hazard.
Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his ranks as he bids for a third consecutive Serie A title but isn’t the only party that has eyes on De Bruyne as the likes of Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg and Anderlecht are also interested in the Belgian star.
De Bruyne has made six appearances for Chelsea so far this season, including a late appearance against FC Basel on Tuesday night. I’m not entirely sure why Mourinho chose that moment to bring the Belgian on as it’s the first time he’s featured in the competition and would lessen the interest in him now that he’s cup-tied, so maybe he is in Mourinho’s plans after all.
Mourinho recently promised to ring the changes after his side flopped in Switzerland and looking at the nine fixtures in December they’ll need to shuffle the pack. I’m hoping it gives the likes of De Bruyne, Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle to feature more often as the first two are definitely deserving of more starts in Mourinho’s XI.
What do you think the future holds for Kevin De Bruyne?