Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has enjoyed an outstanding season for the current Bundesliga runners-up, and his future with the German club is already under speculation ahead of what promises to be a busy summer. The Belgian international, 23, has been a standout performer in the division, providing more assists (17) than any other player, while scoring 10 goals as well.
His influence has helped Wolfsburg to second in the table, but it is unknown if De Bruyne will remain with the club next season to build on the success achieved this campaign. Reports are suggesting his agent has held talks with French Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a big-money move this summer, but it is unlikely any deal could be agreed at this early stage, and there are a host of big European clubs seeking to sign the talented Belgian.
Signed from Chelsea for £18M in January 2014, the 23-year-old has since proven to his former employers that they made a big mistake in letting him go. De Bruyne is now regarded as one of the best young talents in the world, and could well be in the frame to win the Bundesliga Player of the Year award as a result. Even former Chelsea & Belgian teammate Eden Hazard believes his manager made a mistake in letting him leave.
“He is a great player. Mourinho decided to let him go and not play him. It was not my decision, even though I know very well that he could play at Chelsea because he has tremendous qualities. I think at Chelsea, you have more pressure than Wolfsburg. It’s a shame he’s gone but he’ll have a successful career,” he said.
However, if reports are to be believed, he could make a return to the Premier League next season, with Manchester City having shown interest in his services. The Sky Blues need to replace a number of fallen stars on their squad, and De Bruyne could well enjoy many years to come at the top based on his recent development and impressive performances.
“I have met the people from Manchester City and we know each other. A lot of other clubs have been in touch to find out some general information. In the next few weeks I will be going around the world to talk about the situation with Kevin, but it is a little bit too early to be making any decisions. We will have to see what (Wolfsburg) want to do. They paid €24M (to originally sign him) so I can see (his improved asking price) being a lot more than that,” said his agent earlier this month.
Where will Kevin De Bruyne go this summer?