Kevin De Bruyne has suggested he would be happy to leave Chelsea on loan as talk of a move to Schalke gathers pace.
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Belgium international De Bruyne has had limited involvement at Chelsea since the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Swindon Town on Sept. 24, with manager Jose Mourinho saying at the time that he was unimpressed with his performance in that match as well as the way he was training.
Schalke are among the clubs to have been linked with the 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen, and coach Jens Keller has said in Bild that De Bruyne has “enormous quality.”
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, a former Schalke player, is keen to see the winger getting regular first-team football before the World Cup and has recommended a move to Gelsenkirchen.
“In terms of the World Cup, it would obviously be better for all concerned if Kevin plays regularly from January onwards at the latest,” he said.
“If Kevin were to ask me, I could say only positive things about Schalke. The final decision is obviously down to Chelsea, where he is under contract, but Schalke is definitely a great place to be.”
De Bruyne appears determined to prove his worth at Chelsea long term but indicated he would be happy for Mourinho to send him out on loan in January.
“Chelsea is my club,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “Jose is my boss and he will decide what is going to happen. For the moment, I'm working hard. I have to be so I'm physically okay. I don't have any issues on that. As for the rest, we will see what is going to happen.”
Mourinho was in Brussels to see De Bruyne feature for Belgium in Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Colombia.
The player added: “For me, it is just nice to play again, to stand on the pitch and not be sidelined. It's always difficult for players when they are next to the team.”