Chelsea Confirm Departure of Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

FILE - In this file photo from Friday, June 7, 2013, Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring against Serbia during their World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. Belgian coach Marc Wilmots on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 had a clear warning for his players after two stunning home losses in a week: Make sure you play regularly for your club, or miss out on the World Cup. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
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Wolfsburg have wrapped up the capture of Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea.

Kevin De Bruyne has today completed a move to Wolfsburg, where we wish him well: #CFC

— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 18, 2014

The Belgium international joined Chelsea from Genk in the summer of 2012, but he failed to nail down regular playing time at Stamford Bridge.

He spent last term on loan at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, but upon his return to Chelsea, he failed to impress Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Transfer talk has swirled for some time as to the Belgian’s future and earlier this week, per a report from the Independent’s Charles Reynolds, it was claimed that Wolfsburg would thrash out a deal.

There has been talk of the deal being worth as much as £25 million to Chelsea.

The Telegraph's Matt Law stated in his piece on January 2 that the Blues were determined to secure a sizeable profit for De Bruyne.

The Blues have not revealed the terms of the deal but confirmed the player had sealed his move to Wolfsburg.

In a statement on their official website, Chelsea said:

Kevin De Bruyne has today (Saturday) completed a move to Wolfsburg.

Chelsea Football Club thanks Kevin for his service and wishes him well at his new club.

The German club have also not revealed details of the transfer, but confirmed De Bruyne has signed a deal until the summer of 2019.

In total, De Bruyne made nine appearances in Chelsea colours—five as a starter.

His final game for the club was the Capital One Cup clash with Sunderland, which ended in defeat for the Blues.