'He exudes confidence' - £17m star right to leave Chelsea, will Lukaku jump next?

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Kevin de Bruyne's decision to quit Chelsea has been proved right. Romelu Lukaku may take note.

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne shone in Monday night's Belgium friendly win over Luxembourg, along with former club mate Romelu Lukaku.

Both stars spent last pre-season with Chelsea and planned to be key players for the Blues this season, but it did not pan out that way.

Lukaku was sent out to Everton where he played and scored regularly, while De Bruyne struggled for gametime at Chelsea in the first half of the season and forced a £17 million move to Wolfsburg in Germany.

Key behind him deciding to move was Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, who had repeatedly warned De Bruyne his World Cup place would be at risk if he remained sitting in the stands at Chelsea.

While Lukaku scored a hat-trick against Luxembourg last night, it was De Bruyne who took the plaudits.

Belgian fans voted on Sportwereld.be that the man of the match was De Bruyne, with 53 per cent compared to Lukaku's 17 per cent.

The paper wrote: "De Bruyne was always receive the ball, created a lot of danger and coolly put a penalty for. His unsuccessful stint at Chelsea is completely flushed."

Coach Wilmots stated: ""He is happy and exudes confidence. He is the engine of the team, always receives the ball ... He comes from a difficult period but sometimes that's good."

De Bruyne is now back on track, with three goals and six assists for Wolfsburg since his move, and his progress could have implications for Lukaku.

If the Belgian striker, whose role under Mourinho next year remains unclear, is not happy with his chances, the fear of moving on will not exist, as he has discovered via the loans of himself, Thibaut Courtois, and De Bruyne's now permanent move, a world exists outside of Chelsea, and they should not hold back any player as talented as he or his countrymen.

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