Chelsea loanee Kevin De Bruyne is happy at Werder Bremen, according to the Bundesliga side's sporting director Klaus Allofs.
The 21-year-old winger moved to Germany on a season-long loan deal back in August, in a bid to continue his development with the opportunity of regular first-team football - something that could not be afforded to him currently, in west London.
However, in a recent interview, the Belgian youngster was misquoted saying that he was unhappy at the Weserstadion, with Allofs suggesting that the move will benefit his long-term career.
"Kevin's identification with Werder Bremen is at 100 percent. Whether he is happy with the city of Bremen, the mentality or not, is another thing. He wants to be successful," he told Kreiszeitung Syke.
"He is still inexperienced in his game and in the things he says. I answer back the critics that say that he is a typical mercenary.
"He did not have to play here. Chelsea did not want him to loan to Germany, they rather wanted him to stay in England. Kevin did it out of conviction. We talked to him pretty early - had very long talks.
"We persisted and explained to him what we had in mind. He was fascinated by our ideas. And he now told me again: 'I'm happy that I play for Werder Bremen'."
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo was not in charge at Stamford Bridge when the De Bruyne deal was negotiated, but still included the former Genk star in his pre-season tour squad of North America, indicating that he could be in his future first-team plans.
Allofs also suggested the Chelsea starlet's comments shouldn't be taken too seriously, considering he is a young player who will be desperate to impress his parent club.
"He has a four-year-contract at Chelsea. It's not wrong that it's his dream to play for Chelsea one day. He will do anything to say the right thing from the perspective of the club that has paid tons of money for him.
"Chelsea has people who take care of the loaned-out players, people who call every two weeks. If those people receive the message that he says that he might stay here, they will write that down. That would not improve his chances of playing for Chelsea one day.
"It would not be professional and very stupid if he would say: I'm happy here, I don't want to leave."