Werder Bremen have expressed an interest in bringing Kevin De Bruyne back to the Weserstadion with a potential loan move in the January transfer window.
Thomas Eichin, general manager of the German club, highlighted his desire to re-sign the player who netted 10 goals across 32 appearances in the Bundesliga last season. His comments were given to Bild and reported by The Irish Independent:
Should Kevin be unhappy, we are an eager first contact.I am in contact with his agent and am informed about Kevin's situation at Chelsea.
I know Kevin, if he doesn't play it is certainly a big problem for him. Let's wait and see what happens in the winter. We will be ready, if there is a possibility, to get him.
The Belgian midfielder has found it difficult to maintain his place in Jose Mourinho's side and could head back to Germany in order to receive first-team football.
De Bruyne started Chelsea’s opening two Premier League fixtures of the year and looked set to play a major part in Mourinho’s quest for glory. The 22-year-old provided an assist during the Blues’ 2-0 home win over Hull on the opening day and played 60 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
Since jogging off the Old Trafford pitch, De Bruyne has barely emerged from the bench. He was granted just five minutes of playing time against Fulham and came under heavy fire for his Capital One Cup display in the recent 2-0 victory over Swindon.
Mourinho left De Bruyne out of his Chelsea squad to face Steaua Bucharest, a Champions League fixture the Blues won 4-0. After fending off questions about Juan Mata's lack of playing time this season, the media's switch to De Bruyne reportedly prompted Mourinho to cut his pre-match press conference short in Romania.
As reported by Sky Sports, he spoke honestly about the reasons behind De Bruyne’s absence from the team before exiting:
He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and 18 can be selected. I try to decide by what they do on the pitch when they play and what they do in training.
He's not selected because I didn't like the match he played against Swindon and I didn't like the way he was training.
Chelsea’s vast resources and wealth of attacking talent make it extremely difficult for De Bruyne to reclaim his place. Even though players such as Victor Moses, Marko Marin and Romelu Lukaku have left the club on loan, the talented Belgian faces intense competition to hold down a first-team spot.
Should Mourinho deem De Bruyne unworthy of playing regularly for Chelsea this campaign, a January move to Bremen would be best. With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, De Bruyne must follow the likes of Lukaku and head away from Stamford Bridge in order to fulfill his aspirations of playing in Brazil.