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Kevin De Bruyne exits Chelsea for Wolfsburg

[Sunday, January 19, 2014 ]

VfL Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne from Premier League side Chelsea.

Kevin De Bruyne made his final Chelsea appearance in a match at Sunderland last month
Kevin De Bruyne made his final Chelsea appearance in a match at Sunderland last month

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The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee - reported to be around £17 million.

De Bruyne told Wolfsburg's official website: "It was clear from the start that Wolfsburg would be the first team I talk to if Chelsea gave me permission. That's why I'm very happy that this transfer has been completed.

"(Sporting Director) Klaus Allofs and (coach) Dieter Hecking are building a very good team at VfL with a lot of potential. I want to play my part, make sure we continue to be successful, and return to the international stage."

De Bruyne moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2012 from Genk and was loaned back to the Belgian club for the remainder of the 2011/12 campaign, before moving to Werder Bremen on another loan deal.

He enjoyed a successful season during his spell in Germany, and ended his time at the club having scored 10 goals in 34 appearances.

The youngster returned to Chelsea over the summer but was unable to force his way into the first-team picture, having made five starts for the Blues with a further four appearances as a substitute.

"Kevin is a player with exceptional qualities," added Hecking. "I am very happy he's decided to come to Wolfsburg.

"I had a very good feeling after our first talk with him. He is convinced of our ambition."


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