Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho seemed to like the look of Kevin De Bruyne in pre-season and even started him on the opening day of the season against Hull City.
But it didn’t quite click for the Belgium international and in January he left, joining VfL Wolfsburg for £18 million in January.
It came off the back of an impressive campaign on loan at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga last season - and today he could have done with a favour from his old mates.
Wolfsburg could have qualified for the Champions League next season if they win and Bayer Leverkusen failed too against Bremen at the BayArena.
And De Bruyne got the ball rolling at the Volkswagen Arena - sliding home after great play.
He had an excellent game against Borussia Monchengladbach as Wolfsburg did their part of the bargain and won 2-1.
Unfortunately it was not enough to make it to the holy land.
Leverkusen went 1-0 down against Bremen and for a brief moment in time Wolfsburg were in fourth spot. But goals from Omer Toprak and Heung Min-Son saw Leverkusen secure Champions League football to the detriment of Wolfsburg and De Bruyne - who will come again next season.