Mourinho confirms De Bruyne bids

The Belgium international, who has started just twice in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, has been targeted by Wolfsburg
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea have received two bids for Kevin De Bruyne.

Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs claimed on Friday that the Belgium international is keen on joining the Bundesliga club this month, while a host of other sides from the German top flight have been linked with the midfielder.

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De Bruyne spent the last season on loan with Werder Bremen and it now looks likely that the 22-year-old’s future is away from Stamford Bridge.

"We have had no bids for Mata or Essien. We've had two for De Bruyne which we are analysing," said Mourinho.

"We don't need a direct replacement [if De Bruyne leaves]. It's a position where we have options."

De Bruyne has made just two Premier League starts for Chelsea this season and is yet to score a goal for the club.

Mourinho had previously suggested he would not sell De Bruyne, despite publicly criticising his efforts in September's 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Swindon Town, although his stance appears to have softened.

He added: "We've had a few proposals for Kevin De Bruyne, we will keep analysing them. He's a fantastic player with potential."