The Belgium international failed to make the first team grade during his two years at Stamford Bridge, managing just three appearances in the Premier League and spending the vast majority of his Blues spell out on loan – winning the Bundesliga’s 2012/13 Young Player of the Year award during his season with Werder Bremen.
The 23-year-old was sold to Wolfsburg by Jose Mourinho last January for an £18million fee and quickly claimed that there was ‘no joy‘ in playing under The Special One.
This isn’t an unfamiliar pattern for the west Londoners however; they sold Nemanja Matic to Benfica in 2011 before buying the monolithic anchorman back three years later for £21million.
De Bruyne’s impeccable form this term is undeniable, grabbing six goals and eleven assists in 19 league appearances. And with Die Wolfe splashing out £23million on Andre Schurrle in the January window, The Metro believe they’ll have to balance the books in the summer – or could fall afoul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play laws.
Sporting director Klaus Allofs was quoted in the above Metro piece as stating in regards to the former Stamford Bridge prodigy: ‘Kevin is still tied to 2019. But if a player develops extraordinary, it may be that we sit down together and see the conditions.’