Chelsea playmaker no longer a target for Leverkusen

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Bayer Leverkusen say they are no longer interested in taking Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne in January.

De Bruyne looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window after failing to break into the Chelsea first-team as expected.

The Chelsea youngster spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen and was a target for Borussia Dortmund over the summer, but was reportedly persuaded to stay put by Jose Mourinho.

Now the former Genk playmaker is said to want out after not getting the first-team action he was promised, and has been linked with a move back to Germany.

However it appears as though Leverkusen have pulled out of the race for De Bruyne, with general manager Rudi Voller revealing that they are no longer interested in the Chelsea ace.

"We have had an interest in Kevin de Bruyne, of course, he told BILD. "He is an excellent player.

"But at this point in time we do not have an interest in his services. We have a strong squad and already have enough quality players in de Bruyne's position."

De Bruyne has made just three Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, while also making one appearance in the Capital One Cup.

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