De Bruyne reveals Chelsea ambition

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Highly-rated Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne has his heart set on a move to Chelsea, after coming close to a switch to the Barclays Premier League last summer.

The 20-year-old is expected to leave Belgium at the end of the season, but is aware that his club are demanding a lot of money for his signature.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has been tracking de Bruyne for some time, and thought he had agreed a deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge before Genk pulled the plug on the transfer at the final hour.

The Portuguese tactician confirmed that he is still an admirer of the talented youngster before the two teams met in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage, leading to speculation that Chelsea could renew their interest when the transfer window reopened in January.

"It is the intention to find something else at the end of the season. Genk knows that, I have already told them last summer," de Bruyne told Het Nieuwsblad. "If it continues as it is right now, I won't expect any problems.

"Only Genk demands a lot of money for me. I am just a player from the Belgian league. Genk demands a lot of money, maybe even too much. I don't know what will happen now.

"But as Genk request a lot of money it will be difficult to move on to a European side. If a club can pay that amount of money, you will automatically play for a very big club."

De Bruyne has a rough idea of how much money it will take to allow him to negotiate a move away from Genk, and the Belgian starlet still holds hope of moving to west London.

"The plans were there," he said when asked if he hoped to join Chelsea. "However, it's up to the club. For me it isn't that difficult. At such a club you will always earn enough."

Asked if a transfer could happen this month, De Bruyne said: "No, I don't think so. Genk won't let me go.

"However, you never know if there will come an offer that can't be refused. However, for me it would be better to end the season at Genk and then make the step."

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