Is Kevin De Bruyne in the right to ask why he should go on loan to Bayer Leverkusen?
All week the rumours have been circulating that a deal to bring Andre Schurrle to Chelsea in the summer was practically signed, sealed and delivered. Today however it seems a different rhetoric is emerging; one of a Belgian fly in the ointment.
As part of the deal Leverkusen are said to want Kevin De Bruyne on loan to ease the trauma of losing arguably the clubs best player. De Bruyne was signed for £7 million from Genk back in January 2012 but has never featured in an official game for the club after being loaned back to his former club and then loaned to Werder Bremen this season.
It is with Werder he has truly caught the eye. Playing anywhere across the attacking midfield trio he has emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s most dangerous players and cemented his place in the Belgian national team starting XI; even keeping Eden Hazard out on occasions.
Chelsea are however willing to pawn him off for another year; and it seems that has finally backfired as De Bruyne grows weary of waiting for his chance.
And rightly so.
After the season he has had in Germany there is little doubt he has earned the opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge. It is a similar feeling to his international team-mate Thibaut Courtois who seems to also be growing tired of being told ‘not just yet’ by The Blues.
Now it seems De Bruyne may be ready to call time on his uneventful stay with Chelsea after several reports suggested that Borussia Dortmund were ready to replace Mario Gotze with the Belgian this summer in a deal that could be worth anywhere up to €15 million.
For Chelsea it may prove good value for money to make profit on the player but in the end Dortmund will surely have the last laugh.
First of all it would make the Schurrle deal more complicated. A complete re-negotiation would be necessary if De Bruyne was to tell Chelsea to stick it and demand a move to Dortmund.
Then there is the more obvious flaw; they would be losing a special talent.
To allow Dortmund; a team clearly on the cusp of establishing themselves as one of the biggest in Europe the opportunity to take one of your most talented assets is just insanity from Chelsea.
By signing Schurrle they are effectively giving De Bruyne more credence behind his departure spirit; something they may live to regret.
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