The £18m Chelsea reject who could shine at the FIFA World Cup

Kevin De Bruyne Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne was not in Jose Mourinho's good books. But Belgium coach Marc Wilmots rates him very highly.

The FIFA World Cup is now less than a month away and it is a chance to see the best talent in the footballing world all on show in one month. Not only that, but it is an opportunity for new stars to be born at the competition.

However there is also the opportunity to have a look at players who, for whatever reason, you just cannot believe are playing at this stage.

The rejects that have fought back.

For Chelsea that threat comes from Belgian attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

The Blues beat a host of competition to snap him up when young from KRC Genk - splashing out £7 million for the pleasure, and immediately loaned him back to Belgium.

But for De Bruyne it never quite happened in West London.

He was loaned out again in his second year, impressing during a season long spell at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. At the end of the campaign the likes of Borussia Dortmund were keen on signing him but Chelsea insisted he was a part of their first team plans.

He was, he even started the opening game of the season against Hull City, but then it all went down hill.

He was dropped by Jose Mourinho and in January was sold for a whopping fee of £18 million to Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg.

For the national team De Bruyne is an undoubted starter - even with the plethora of talent that the Belgian side has to offer. Marc Wilmots is a big fan of his and De Bruyne scored four goals in 10 appearances in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

He left Chelsea with a rather bitter taste in the mouth and there will be no doubt of his intention at Brazil, prove Mourinho wrong. In the meanwhile he might help Belgium pull off a big shock or two.

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