Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne insists he has not even though about leaving west London when the transfer window reopens in January, and says he is focused on improving his game. in order to work his way back into the first-team, reports Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old was handed a rare start in the Blues' Capital One Cup victory over Arsenal on Tuesday night, having not been named in the starting XI in the Premier League since August.

After featuring in the Stamford Bridge club's opening two league fixtures in 2013/14, Jose Mourinho opted to drop the Belgium international, following a series of under-par performances.

Speculation has suggested De Bruyne could be on his way out of Chelsea in January, in order to guarantee himself regular first-team football, but he is adamant that the thought hasn't crossed his mind, and he is not being unsettled by such rumours.

"To be honest, I haven't thought about it yet," he said in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws. "I know something has to change. Sooner or later, I will have to play.

"But what can I do at this moment besides training hard and keeping quiet? I feel really strong at this time - I think I have never been this fit before.

"I got a lot of support of family and friends who visit me over here, [and] my team-mates have been fantastic.

"You know, I haven't worried much about my situation. My career has always gone up, but then it's sometimes normal it makes a horizontal line."

Reflecting on his situation on the periphery of the Chelsea team, De Bruyne was understanding with the strength and depth of Mourinho's squad.

"I work hard on training," he added. "The manager has told me I'm doing well, but everyone in the team wants to play.

"We've a squad of 25 players. And if you look around, they're all world class."

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