'I will not come between' Chelsea and De Bruyne - Belgium manager changes tune

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Marc Wilmots, who earlier this week implored Kevin De Bruyne to leave Chelsea has backtracked on those comments.

Last night saw Belgium take on Colombia in a marquee friendly between two of the world’s most popular and most improved teams - with plenty of football fans obviously interested in the end result.

One such fan was Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - but he would have had other motives for his visit to the King Boudewijn Stadium.

He may have been checking out the Colombian striking talent, or he might have been checking out some of his young Belgian stars - one in particular being Kevin De Bruyne.

Now Mourinho was probably wondering what all the fuss was about you see. De Bruyne came back from a loan spell with VfL Wolfsburg in fine fettle - and had a good pre-season.

But since the season started he has not impressed in his rare opportunities, meaning he finds himself down the pecking order of Mourinho’s team.

With that in mind Belgian fans and media are not big fans of Mourinho at the moment - proved by the fact they booed him when he appeared on the big screen last night.

And the Belgium manager Marc Wilmots is also one man slightly perturbed by it all.

He said earlier in the week on the matter of De Bruyne:

"My request is that Kevin de Bruyne plays regular first-team football. Everyone knows what he is capable of. Schalke is a special club for me and it would be great to see a player of this quality play for Schalke 04."

Of course Wilmots has an ulterior motive. He wants his playmaker in fine form for the World Cup next summer - as Belgium attempt to come good on their promise as ‘dark horses’.

And yesterday, with Mourinho in attendance, De Bruyne had a chance to strut his stuff - which he didn’t.

He struggled to get into the game throughout, and was relieved of his duties after 58 minutes, with Romelu Lukaku taking his place.

It was frustrating for the player, the manager and of course Mourinho himself - but Wilmots had a ready-made answer for his poor display, yet stopped short of commenting on his future again:

"It makes sense that De Bruyne wants to show. It's just a lack of match rhythm. Without that rhythm it is difficult. How to proceed at Chelsea? I will not come between."

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