New Chelsea signing Kevin de Bruyne can't wait to play at Stamford Bridge next season and wants to avoid the same situation that kept Romelu Lukaku on the bench.
The former-Genk winger is a Belgian international teammate of Lukaku and follows the Chelsea striker from the Belgian Pro League to the Premier League. But, while Lukaku spent the vast majority of his first campaign in west London on the bench, De Bruyne wants to play as much as possible next season.
The 20-year-old winger has been linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea are thought to be keen to secure first-team football for the Belgian youngster. But De Bruyne is eager to settle down at Chelsea and fight for his place in Roberto Di Matteo's starting lineup.
De Bruyne told Belgian newspaper Zevende Dag: "I want to adapt quickly. I don't want to have a situation happen to me as happened to Lukaku. I just want to play, but I realise the competition is strong."
Lukaku only made 12 appearances for the Blues last season, as Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge were preferred to the Belgian international in the Chelsea starting 11. Lukaku was a £18million signing from Anderlecht, but with the departure of Didier Drogba confirmed last week, he could be set to play a much larger role at Stamford Bridge next season.
But his international colleague De Bruyne doesn't want to wait a year to settle into the team, and is looking forward to beginning training already for next season. But the former-Genk player will face tough competition from new signings Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, as well as Chelsea's existing midfielders Ramires, Sturridge and Juan Mata.