De Bruyne was told to stay at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho in the summer as he would be in and around the first team but that has failed to materialise and the winger is now desperate to get out of West London.
Chelsea are adamant that the Belgian international will not be leaving permanently, but instead another loan move appears to be on the cards for the 22 year old.
German pair Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are also keen on taking the winger back to the Bundesliga after an impressive spell at Weder Bremen last term.
De Bruyne knows that he needs first team football to enhance his career and have any hope of going to the World Cup with Belgium next summer.
Atletico could offer De Bruyne high profile game time at the top of La Liga but it is a risk for the £7million man as he would have to adjust to another country and style football in a short space of time.