Chelsea’s De Bruyne: I haven’t fallen out with Mourinho and don’t regret not going on loan

The Belgian winger is seemingly out of favour with his club boss, but is staying calm about his chances of getting regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

With the attacking midfield talent available to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, you could be forgiven for forgetting slightly about Kevin De Bruyne.

The talented Belgian winger has largely been on the fringes this term at Stamford Bridge, starting only two of Chelsea’s seven Premier League games.

There were prominent rumours that the former Genk man could be sent back out on loan during the January transfer window, while rumblings of a falling out with Mourinho have also been in the press.

Despite this, De Bruyne has maintained that he is ready to fight for a place in the west London starting XI and has respect for his club boss.

"Am I panicking? Of course not. Honestly, I'm not worried. You seem to be more worried than me,” De Bruyne said.

"Mourinho is the boss and he decides who plays. He tells me when I've done something wrong, but I've heard nothing as negative from him as what I've been reading in the media.

"I chose to stay (instead of going on loan) and I have no regrets. I continue to fight hard. My chance will come.

"I'm really not concerned about finding a solution in January. That we will have to see."

Despite De Bruyne’s ability and potential, the attacker would be best advised to follow the example of his countrymen Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois.

Both these Belgian stars start regularly for their loan clubs – and their country. With De Bruyne struggling to command a berth in the Blues’ starting line-up, his place in a competitive national set-up could also be under threat.

De Bruyne could well command a place in a strong European side. This regular football would improve him as a player and all-but ensure his place on the Belgian plane to Brazil.

If he does opt to stay at Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign, his opportunities are likely to be limited. With Oscar and Eden Hazard seemingly shoo-in’s when available, competition for the last attacking midfield berth is fierce.

Willian has cost an arm and a leg to bring to west London and scored a spectacular goal against Norwich, while Juan Mata is slowly but surely working his way back into the side. With Germany international Andre Schurrle also in contention, De Bruyne risks long spells on the Chelsea bench and could miss out on the Belgian party in Brazil.

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