Kevin De Bruyne's agent responds to Manchester United links

Kevin De Bruyne

The agent for Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has refused to rule out a summer move for his client, but insists that the ex-Chelsea man won't be going anywhere this month.

Kevin De Bruyne’s agent has told Guardian Sport that the former Chelsea midfielder won’t be leaving Wolfsburg this winter, despite reported interest from Manchester United.

De Bruyne, 23, has been in superb form for Wolfsburg this season, netting six goals and 13 assists in 25 total appearances to help the German club up to second in the Bundesliga table.

His performances have led to widespread speculation surrounding his future, with Sport Bild reporting this week that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has earmarked the Belgian international has a top transfer target.

Speaking to the newspaper, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking said: "It is normal that clubs like Manchester United look at top people. This is recognition for both his and our work."

Sport Bild have also named Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as potential suitors for De Bruyne’s signature, but agent Patrick de Koster has suggested that interested clubs will have to wait until the summer before launching a sizeable bid for his client.

“There is always going to be interest when things have been going so well but I can tell you Kevin is happy where he is,” he said.

“After a difficult time at Chelsea he just wanted to be playing regularly. Now that is happening and Kevin is totally focused on helping Wolfsburg to qualify for the Champions League.

“But after that, who knows? England and Spain are both interesting championships or he could decide that another season in Germany is for the best. But it could be difficult because Wolfsburg paid a lot of money to sign Kevin and there are only a few clubs who could afford the price they will want.”

First signing for Chelsea in 2012 from Genk for around £7 million, De Bruyne would be given few opportunities to impress during his two seasons at Stamford Bridge, featuring in just nine games after spending the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Werder Bremen.

Shipped off back to the Bundesliga last winter for £17 million, the in-form midfielder might have struggled to break into Jose Mourinho’s star-studded squad, but the qualities he’s demonstrated since suggest he’d be more than capable of performing for a top Premier League side.

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