• Premier League

De Bruyne keen to fight for Chelsea spot

ESPN staff
July 16, 2013
Kevin De Bruyne has joined up with his team-mates for Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia © Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne is confident he can kick-start his Chelsea career after being told by Jose Mourinho he will remain at Stamford Bridge this season.

De Bruyne, 22, signed from Racing Club Genk on deadline day in January 2011, but stayed at the Belgian club for the remainder of the season.

Last season, the midfielder enjoyed a successful season-long loan in Germany with Werder Bremen, scoring ten goals in 33 appearances.

But De Bruyne is relishing the chance to show Mourinho what he can offer his parent club.

"The manager called me back and said I had to stay so if he gives me chances I have to prove myself on the pitch," De Bruyne told Sky Sports.

"I can say as much as I want to the media and off the pitch - but if I don't prove myself on it then I will not get these chances any more."

When asked if he was prepared to go out on loan again, he added: "I am confident in myself and ready to fight for my spot here.

"You have a lot of good players in a team like Chelsea but you also play 60 to 70 games a year. Even if I play 30 or 40 games it is similar as to what I played last year with Werder Bremen.

"I am young and can only develop if I play."

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