The Belgian side are keen to bring Kevin De Bruyne back to his homeland in January on loan, with the former Genk winger struggling to get time on the pitch in west London.
With the World Cup on the horizon, plenty of players vying for a chance to impress in Brazil are assessing their club situations ahead of the January transfer window.
One such man at Chelsea must be Kevin De Bruyne, who has struggled to get much-needed playing time at Stamford Bridge this term.
In light of the 22-year-old’s need for regular action, Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck has admitted that the Belgian Pro League side are trying to sign De Bruyne on loan.
"Kevin could come to Anderlecht in January – there’s a big chance," Van Holsbeeck told HLN.
"It’s not an easy deal, but it is something we are investigating. The World Cup being next year makes this possible – he wants regular football so he makes the competition."
De Bruyne had a successful loan spell at Werder Bremen last term, scoring ten goals for the Bundesliga side in 32 appearances. This regular action in Germany has kept the wideman in the Belgium national side, which impressed in qualifying for the tournament in Brazil.
However, with such as array of talent coming out of the central European nation at the moment, there is no guarantee that De Bruyne will continue to command a place in the Belgium team, with his place in the squad potentially in jeopardy also.
Chelsea clearly do not need De Bruyne this season, with Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata all available to play in attacking midfield roles.
De Bruyne needs a loan switch in January – but is going to Anderlecht the right move for him?
If he was to return to Belgium and impress while playing regularly he is likely to continue in Marc Wilmots’ national side. However, the move seems slightly beneath the player, due to his considerable ability.
He has proven himself in Belgium with Genk already, and also starred in the Bundesliga. The is no reason why De Bruyne could not command a loan switch to a top-half side in England, Spain or Italy, with a return to Germany also more challenging that heading home to Belgium.
Chelsea will want to assure that the winger plays regularly wherever he moves to temporarily in the new year, but will also want him to feature at as high a level as possible to aid his development.
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