After a fantastic season at Werder Bremen in 2012/13, Chelsea’s Kevin de Bruyne looks set to rejoin the Bundesliga after agreeing a deal to sign for Vfl Wolfsburg.
The tricky Belgian has featured just three times in the league for Jose Mourinho’s side, and with Belgium set to be the team to watch at this year’s World Cup, it’s understandable the 22 year old wants game time to ensure he is selected in that squad, hence this move to Dieter Hecking’s side.
After an 11th placed finish last season, The Wolves are currently 5th this time around, and have the Champions League spots in their sights. With a midfield boasting the likes of Diego, Arnold, and Luiz Gustavo, the addition of de Bruyne shows the side mean business, and after his 10 goals and 11 assists last season with Bremen, it is clear that even £17 million is a decent price for a player with his best years to come.
After making a dream move to Chelsea from Genk just two years ago or £7 million, he was sent straight out on loan back to Genk, before departing to Bremen the following season. After returning to London this summer, he has found himself struggling for game time in a team with an array of talent in his area, including Willian and Juan Mata, who themselves are not first-team regulars.
He was in the midst of controversy earlier in the season, when Jose Mourinho stormed out of a press conference after journalists bombarded him with questions about unselected players, such as de Bruyne.
With Hecking’s side playing an identical 4-2-3-1 system to Mourinho’s Chelsea, de Bruyne should fit in perfectly either side of the three, and is likely to replace Caligiuri as first-choice, and link up with Arnold and Diego behind Olic.
The signing may well be that final puzzle piece to take them above Dortmund and Moechengladbach, as they look to qualify for Europe’s prestigious competition for the first time since winning the title in 2009.
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