Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne is at the centre of a media storm early into his first proper season in English football.
He has been left out of Chelsea's travelling Champions League squad for their trip to Romania to face Steaua Bucharest, left to train with the under-21 squad instead.
Questions over his future caused manager Jose Mourinho to storm out of his press conference, angry at continued focus on players not selected rather than those who were.
And already the news is creating waves in Germany, where De Bruyne flourished last season on loan with Werder Bremen.
German newspaper Bild writes, 'Achtung! Bundesliga'- Achtung meaning 'Attention!'.
Following his spell at Bremen last season Borussia Dortmund made an attempt to buy him outright, supposedly making a €17 million offer.
With Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen all said to also harbour admiration for the player, Bild speculate it 'quite possible', De Bruyne will be playing in the Bundesliga in 2014.
De Bruyne is claimed to be 'deeply unhappy' at the situation, having been keen originally on a move to Dortmund before being convinced to stay by Jose Mourinho.
In a World Cup year, Belgium nor De Bruyne can afford for him to be sitting in with the under-21s and not playing competitively.
Whether the player and Mourinho can resolve the situation remains to be seen, with Mourinho claiming he was not impressed with him in training.
At this point a move to somewhere he can play regularly and is valued, like the Bundesliga must seem like a pretty good option for the 22-year-old international.
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