Kevin De Bruyne to leave Chelsea for Wolfsburg
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Several media outlets in Germany today are suggesting that Kevin De Bruyne is close to joining Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, German daily newspaper Bild is reporting that the Belgian midfielder will complete the move to Wolfsburg within 48 hours for a fee believed to be around £16m, they also claim the 22-year-old will sign a 5 year contract with Die Wölfe.
VfL Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs confirmed a deal was close and told the Wolfsburger Nachrichten newspaper: “It’s not that we can confirm the deal just yet, but we are no longer so far apart with Chelsea that we can’t bridge the differences.”
Since signing for the Blues in 2012, De Bruyne has made only 3 Premier League appearances and the player feels his place in the World Cup squad for this summers tournament in Brazil is under threat due to his lack of playing time. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he would like the player to stay at Stamford Bridge and make a loan move to Wolfsburg, but De Bruyne knows his chances with Chelsea will always be limited.
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However, Wolfsburg are backed by the German car maker Volkswagen and have arguably the biggest spending power in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich and prefer a permanent move. De Bruyne signed for Chelsea from Belgian club Genk in 2012 and he was immediately loaned back to them, he spent last season in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen where he made 34 appearances for the club, scoring 10 times and is thought to prefer a move back to Germany.
De Bruyne has represented his country throughout Under-18’s to Under-21’s and he now has 18 senior caps for Belgium and 4 goals to his name.