Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has joined Bundesliga club Wolfsburg on a five-year deal, the London club announced today. The reported transfer fee is £19million.
De Bruyne has been a touchy subject at Chelsea recently. In September, Jose Mourinho walked out of a press conference after being asked about De Bruyne’s omission from Chelsea games. Plus, the talented Belgian winger — bought from Genk for £7million in 2012 — was underutilized at the club, making only five league appearances while he was on the books at Chelsea. Instead he was loaned out to Werder Bremen and, his former club, Genk.
Here’s what De Bruyne told a Belgium newspaper regarding his disappointment of the way he was treated by Chelsea:
“My pre-season was good, my first game too, but I still don’t know why I lost my place after the game against Manchester United.
“I’ve also never asked Mourinho. He has never told me: ‘Kevin, you don’t train well.’
“It’s a pity he told a press conference that I wasn’t doing well on the training pitch. That’s not me. I’m always a player who gives the full 100 per cent in training. Those remarks created a wrong image.
“I didn’t leave Chelsea because I have to go to the World Cup – it could be over after three games – but just because I lost my joy.”
Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne joins Wolfsburg — Chelsea FC
- Everton hijack West Ham to secure Monaco striker Lacina Traoré on loan for rest of season — 101GG
- José Mourinho expects Manchester United to sell Wayne Rooney abroad — The Guardian
- Mesut Ozil – Why I love English football — Arsenal FC
- Tony Pulis: Keeping Crystal Palace up will be among best achievements — The Guardian
- David Moyes insists he has no issues with Wilfried Zaha — Sky Sports
- Newcastle United’s Gael Bigirimana faces up to 5 weeks out due to injury — Sunderland Echo
- Newcastle United fans react in mixed manner to Newcastle United’s trip to Abu Dhabi — Newcastle Chronicle
- Swansea City target Middlesbrough’s Rhys Williams — Evening Post
- Leeds United still haunted by errors and former glory — The Telegraph
- US PRO games to stream live on YouTube — Orlando City
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