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Attacker was wanted by the Premier League club over the summer but the Belgian team's asking fee deterred the Londoners, who may look to purchase him and immediately loan him out

Genk midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says Chelsea are still very interested in signing him and are planning a future for him.

The Premier League club attempted to buy the 20-year-old in the summer but refused to meet the Belgian team's asking fee.

However, Chelsea, who played Genk in the Champions League group stage this season, remain keen to strike a deal and the player has suggested he could be sent out on loan if he completes a move to Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea are still interested in signing me and have a plan ready for me. It would be perfect if they'd sent me out on loan to another team first. Something like Thibaut Courtois at Atletico Madrid. He has made the right choice,” De Bruyne told Sporza.

De Bruyne admits he would find it hard to stay at the Belgian champions for another season, but admits his club’s valuation of him could scupper any possible deal.

"Staying at Genk for another season is not an option for me. Chelsea were very serious last summer, but you never know what team shows an interest this time," he continued.

“Maybe Genk's asking price is too high. They want to receive as much as they got for Courtois [€9 million, (£7.5m)]. That's a lot of money for a player from the Belgium league.”

The midfielder insists he is not worried about joining Chelsea merely to play in the reserves like fellow Belgian youngster Romelu Lukaku as he believes just training with a club like the Blues opens many doors for a player.

"Lukaku's situation at Chelsea doesn't scare me," he said. "He's training with some of the best players in the world. Even if he doesn't succeed at Chelsea, he'll have become a better player.

"You can join pretty much any team once you've played at Chelsea."

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