Kevin De Bruyne’s agent has reiterated his client is seeking a permanent move away from Chelsea.
The Belgian signed with the Blues on deadline day in January 2012 for £7 million, but has barely featured for his parent club since his arrival.
Subsequent loan moves to former employers Genk and Werder Bremen saw him away from London until the current campaign.
Boss Jose Mourinho had reportedly provided the 22-year-old with assurances that he was part of the first team picture at Stamford Bridge after he had been paired with a permanent stay in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen or Borussia Dortmund.
Yet De Bruyne has found life under the Portuguese difficult, playing just 132 minutes of Premier League football to date, having been a star man at Werder last season.
His future has thus been cast into doubt, in part considering that it’s a World Cup year and Mourinho’s general lack of changes of heart in player preferences.
Another loan for his increased development was put on the table earlier in the term as an option, yet the attacking midfielder and representative Patrick De Koster have seemingly now tired of temporary solutions.
"Another loan wouldn't be good for the player or the club," De Koster told Press Association Sport.
"The player and his family would like to secure a permanent solution because he has been out on loan already twice.
"It's a World Cup year and for this reason he needs to play.
"Now in the next few hours or days, we will see if somebody finds an agreement with Chelsea. If there is an agreement I will speak with the player about what we will do.
"His preference is to go back to the Bundesliga. There have been discussions with Wolfsburg and other clubs."
The agent’s revelation is sure to have piqued the interest of innumerable clubs across Europe, and could have brought about a situation where Chelsea will be forced to accept a cut-rate fee.
Certainly the Blues will be keen to at least recoup the £7 million spent on De Bruyne but may struggle to get anything more, with the market likely to be saturated interest-wise.
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