£16m Chelsea castaway will make his debut for new club this afternoon

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne will start for VfL Wolfsburg against Hannover 96 today.

Chelsea have arguably been the busiest team in the Transfer Market during the 2014 Winter Window.

They have brought in Nemanja Matic and are on the verge of adding Mohamed Salah to the squad as well in the upcoming days.

They have also been letting plenty go. Young starlets such as Kenneth Omeruo, Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah are out on Championship loan deals - while Juan Mata is set to move to Manchester United for £37 million.

They also saw fit to let another bright star depart permanently - as Kevin De Bruyne got his wish of a Stamford Bridge exit.

The Belgian international left the club in a £16 million move to VfL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga earlier this month.

He started the opening fixture of the season against Hull City - but never pushed on and grabbed a first-team slot under Jose Mourinho

He was demoted to training with the under-21 side and admitted upon his exit that he had ‘lost his joy’ in the past six months at his parent club.

It was a far cry from his 2012-13 campaign. He was the hero for Werder Bremen - helping the side to stave off relegation in the process of his season long loan at the Weser Stadion.

Now he is back in Germany - and looking to show Mourinho what he is missing at the Volkswagen Arena.

And he won’t have to wait long to do it - as he will start his first game for the club this weekend.

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking stated this on the subject of De Bruyne’s availability for the Niedersachsen derby against Hannover 96 this afternoon:

"Kevin de Bruyne will play from the start. One has already seen quite clearly in the few days that he's here now, what skills he brings. Moreover, it is always a good sign when the other players play him at once the balls back. I have no doubt it against Hannover to purely throw from the beginning, "said Hecking on.”

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