Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne could be set to leave Stamford Bridge in January, with Bayer Leverkusen keen to sign him.

The Belgian ace spent last season on loan in the Bundesliga, with his impressive form causing Jose Mourinho to make him a part of his squad for the current season.

However, after initially looking set to play a big role under ‘The Special One’, the wide-man has slipped down the pecking order over the course of the past few months.

Naturally, interest in his signature from German sides has been high, with Bayer Leverkusen having been mooted as a potential destination for the 22-year-old.

The club’s director of sport, Rudi Voller, says that it is “no secret” that his side are interested and that a January deal for De Bruyne is possible:

“We made no secret of our interest in Kevin De Bruyne right from last summer,’ he is quoted by the Daily Mail. “There are many clubs interested in him.

“Regardless of our league position, we’re always looking for new players.

“It’s possible that we do sign somebody this winter, but then again, we could go into the second half of the season with the same team and look to do something next summer.

“If you do anything, then it’s got to be a top alternative to what we’ve already got here.”

De Bruyne is desperate for regular playing time in a bid to earn a spot in Belgium’s World Cup squad, which he would be more likely to achieve at the BayArena than in West London.

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