Another goal for the Belgian this weekend. Do Chelsea need to bring him back this summer?
It seems somebody has decided to send a message. The man in question is the Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne and in fact he could be sending more than just one.
The Belgian has been out on loan at Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen this season where he has caught the eye with a number of excellent performances. After a brief lull; the end of the season has been a purple patch for the 21-year-old.
He carried the side in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend that secured the clubs survival in the Bundesliga this season after what has been a difficult campaign for the side.
He was once again on the score sheet as his now trademark run beyond the back-line paid dividends as he slotted the ball under the Eintracht keeper to give them the lead at the Weserstadion and put the European qualification celebrations on ice for the time being.
You can view the recent peak in form in two ways.
Firstly he could be sending a message to his parent club; bring me back and play me. He has been in great form this term and the time has come to appreciate the talent they have at their disposal in the Premier League. He is not the only loan player for Chelsea in great form away from the club. Thibaut Courtois, Patrick van Aanholt, Romelu Lukaku, Thorgan Hazard and Kenneth Omeruo are also in superb form with their respective farm clubs.
The other message he could be sending is; come and get me.
The rumours are he is unhappy at so far being discarded by his club; where he has failed to make an appearance since his January 2012 arrival.
Borussia Dortmund are said to be particulary keen on bringing him to the club as a replacement for Mario Gotze and with both teams in very different European finals this month a move to Westphalia continues to look tempting. As De Bruyne himself mentioned this week:
"Dortmund? That would fit me. I am keeping tabs on what they have been doing,"
With his current form there is no doubt teams will be interested; how Chelsea deal with him next could determine his future.
Should De Bruyne be at Chelsea next season?
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