De Bruyne moving towards Chelsea exit as Schalke move turns real
After a promising start to the season it has become clear that Kevin De Bruyne will not be part of Chelsea’s featured activities this season. The highly-rated midfielder is considered to be young by manager Jose Mourinho, although the Portuguese boss saw him becoming a regular in the Chelsea squad earlier this season.
According to reports a quandary between De Bruyne and Mourinho has caused the young Belgian midfielder’s exile from action. Now, the 22-year-old admits he is eager to make a move out of Chelsea in hope of acquiring regular football ahead of the World Cup next year.
Talks about a move to Schalke for De Bruyne are starting to gather pace. From the looks of it De Bruyne will be loaned to another Bundesliga outfit this season. De Bruyne was last actively involved in Chelsea’s campaign during the 2-0 win over Swindon Town on September 24.
The Belgium international has grown out of favor in the eyes of Mourinho, who claims the attacking midfielder form and is unimpressive in the training. Schalke have listed De Bruyne high on their priority list.
De Bruyne, who spent last season at Werder Bremen, has already become an object of interest for Schalke coach Jens Keller. The German coach insists De Bruyne has “enormous quality”.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots believes it is important for De Bruyne to actively participate in first-team action. Wilmots, who used to play for Schalke, has advised a loan move to Gelsenkirchen during the winter transfer window.
“In terms of the World Cup, it would obviously be better for all concerned if Kevin plays regularly from January onwards at the latest,” Wilmots said.
“If Kevin were to ask me, I could say only positive things about Schalke. The final decision is obviously down to Chelsea, where he is under contract, but Schalke is definitely a great place to be.”
De Bruyne insists he is eager to make his presence known at Chelsea, but would be satisfied with a loan move since he knows he needs to further improve his performance.
“Chelsea is my club,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “Jose is my boss and he will decide what is going to happen. For the moment, I'm working hard. I have to be so I'm physically okay. I don't have any issues on that. As for the rest, we will see what is going to happen.”