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De Bruyne leaves Chelsea for Wolfsburg in reported €20million deal

The 22-year-old joined Chelsea from Genk in 2012, but found it difficult to break into the first team.

Kevin De Bruyne found first-team opportunities at Chelsea limited.
Kevin De Bruyne found first-team opportunities at Chelsea limited.

BELGIAN WINGER KEVIN de Bruyne has completed a move from Chelsea to German side Wolfsburg, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.

De Bruyne, 22, joined Chelsea from Genk in 2012, but after going out on loan to Werder Bremen in the 2012-13 campaign, he was unable to force his way into the first-team picture this season.

“Kevin De Bruyne has today (Saturday) completed a move to Wolfsburg,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“The Belgian joins the Bundesliga club having made five starts for Chelsea, with a further four appearances as a substitute.”

Chelsea did not reveal the transfer fee, but reports in the German media have suggested that Wolfsburg were prepared to pay around 20 million euros (£16.5 million, $27.1 million) for the Belgium international.

Chelsea only paid around £7 million to secure his services, but his stock rose in Germany after he scored 10 goals in 34 appearances during his loan spell at Bremen.

- © AFP, 2014

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