Chelsea midfielder De Bruyne 'wants to join' Dortmund, claims chief

Michael Zorc has reiterated his interest in the Belgium international, but denied reports the Champions League runners-up are on the verge of signing Ajax star Christian Eriksen
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has claimed that Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is keen to join the Bundesliga side.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen and has been linked with a permanent stay in the Bundesliga, although Jose Mourinho is believed to be keen to keep hold of the Bayer Leverkusen-linked starlet.

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The Champions League runners-up are on the look-out for a replacement to Bayern Munich-bound Mario Gotze with De Bruyne heavily linked, and Zorc has reiterated his interest while dispelling talk that Ajax star Christian Eriksen is close to signing.

"I've read [the Eriksen rumours] with astonishment as well," the 50-year-old told Ruhr Nachrichten, adding: "However, the player [De Bruyne] wants to join us."

Meanwhile, Adam Maher has been linked as a possible successor for Eriksen at Ajax but the club's technical director, Earnest Stewart, confirmed the Dutch giants have not made an enquiry about the player yet.

"Ajax did not contact us so nothing is going on", Stewart told RTV Noord-Holland. "There's no club who have confirmed their interest. Adam still has a two-year contract with us."