His future has been one of the most discussed topics of the summer so far but it now seems we are finally getting some closure on the future of Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne.
All summer it has been speculated that the winger, who scored a header for Belgium against Serbia this week, would either be on his way to Bayer Leverkusen on loan as part of a deal that would see Andre Schurrle come in the opposite direction; or that he would be signing a permanent deal at Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Bayern Munich bound Mario Gotze.
Now it seems neither of those statements is in fact true.
In fact it looks like after all the recent commotion over his future, including him expressly announcing he was not afraid to leave Chelsea , that he will be playing for the club under Jose Mourinho next season.
According to comments from Bayer Leverkusen general manager Michael Reschke; Mourinho has made it clear that De Bruyne is part of his plans for next term after a season-long loan spell at Werder Bremen in 2012-13:
"At a meeting before Ballack’s farewell match on Wednesday in Leipzig, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho made it clear that Kevin returns to Chelsea. It was not possible to connect it with the Andre Schurrle transfer."
Bild carries the report and suggests the meeting took place before the Michael Ballack testimonial game; in which Mourinho was present as manager of one of the teams.
It means Chelsea fans will finally get to see De Bruyne playing football in a Chelsea shirt; for the first time in anger since he was signed in January 2012 for £7 million.
And it is about time because his recent form has certainly warranted the opportunity. Toward the end of last season on-loan with Werder Bremen he was one of the most in-form players of the Bundesliga and ended his league campaign with 10 goals from 33 games; helping to steer Bremen clear of the relegation zone.
He has also been in incredible form for Belgium in recent months; bagging the occasional goal and establishing himself as a regular starter.
He will effectively be like a new signing for Mourinho who has obviously seen enough of the 21-year-old to suggest he is ready for Premier League football.
He is now likely to partake in pre-season with the club before embarking on his first full season with The Blues.
Are you pleased by the news? Does De Bruyne deserve his chance?
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