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Kevin De Bruyne would consider Chelsea return

Richard Jolly | ESPN FC
March 27, 2015
Kevin De Bruyne barely featured at Chelsea © Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne would consider a move back to Chelsea despite barely featuring in his time at Stamford Bridge, sources told ESPN.

The in-demand midfielder's immediate future probably rests on whether Wolfsburg qualify for the Champions League, but he would be open to the possibility of a second spell in London.

Manchester United and Manchester City are also interested in the 23-year-old, who is the most creative player in the major European leagues with 24 assists already this season, and both would appeal as possible destinations if he were to leave Wolfsburg.

De Bruyne was only granted three Premier League appearances during his stint at Stamford Bridge, which ended with a move in January 2014, but he left Chelsea on good terms and has not ruled out a return.

De Bruyne's representatives have said that he will not be at Wolfsburg forever in the unlikely event of them failing to finish in the top four in the Bundesliga or win the Europa League, their two possible routes into the Champions League, he would be likelier to leave the club in the summer.

Wolfsburg are currently second in the Bundesliga and will face Napoli in the last eight of the Europa League but if they fail on both fronts, De Bruyne will probably leave the Volkswagen Arena.

De Bruyne, who has also scored 14 goals this season, wants his next club to have the footballing might and financial power to participate in the Champions League and compete for trophies, which includes both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

De Bruyne's Belgium team-mates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are in the Chelsea squad, and the former said this week he believes the Wolfsburg man is good enough to play for Jose Mourinho's team.

Chelsea did not include a clause giving them the first option to re-sign De Bruyne when they sold him 14 months ago. Wolfsburg paid £18 million for De Bruyne, but his swift progress in their coloursmeans he is now valued at around £50 million.

However, his immediate focus is on helping Dieter Hecking's side complete their promising season successfully, rather than angling for a move.

This article originally appeared on ESPN FC

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