The Belgium international is the subject of interest from Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, but Jose Mourinho has assured him he will feature at Stamford Bridge
By Ed Aarons
Kevin De Bruyne’s agent insists his client is happy to stay at Chelsea after Jose Mourinho confirmed the 21-year-old is part of his plans next season.
De Bruyne has been told to report for pre-season training with the Blues on July 8 having held talks with Mourinho while he was on holiday in America last week.
The 21-year-old is wanted by both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen after starring in the Bundesliga last season while on loan with Werder Bremen.
But agent Patrick de Koster insists De Bruyne is determined to fight for a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge, having yet to feature for the first team since signing from Genk for €8 million in January 2012.
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“Mourinho told him that he wants to make him a better player and this is very good news.
“The desire of Kevin is just to play football and now he has received the news that Mourinho sees a role for him at Chelsea, he is very happy to stay.
“He is back from his holiday this weekend and Kevin has been told to report back for pre-season training at Stamford Bridge on July 8.”
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc revealed the Champions League finalists are still chasing De Bruyne and played down speculation linking the club with a move for Ajax’s Christian Eriksen.
“We respect his contract at Chelsea but we will keep trying him,” Zorc told German magazine Kicker.
De Koster also confirmed that both Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are still interested, but admits he expects De Bruyne to be given the chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
“There are a lot of clubs who are still interested,” he added.
“Dortmund and Leverkusen really wanted the player because he had a fantastic year playing for Werder Bremen and helped them to survive in the Bundesliga.
“When Kevin arrived at Chelsea two years ago he was still a kid but after two years on loan I think he is ready to make the step up.
“I think if you give him six months to develop in England then he can be even better than Eden Hazard.”