Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne will have to forget about getting his career back on track at Anderlecht due to a clause in the deal that took him to Stamford Bridge in the first place.
De Bruyne has endured a difficult start to his Blues career and has been overlooked by manager Jose Mourinho is recent weeks, which led to reports he could be on his way out this January and Anderlecht were posited as a possible destination.
The Evening Standard are reporting that the 22-year-old's £7million move from Genk to Chelsea last year contained a clause that stated he could not be transferred or sent on loan to a rival club in Belgium.
De Bruyne is expected to make a decision in December about his future if his fortunes do not improve at Chelsea and not being able to return to the familiarity of his native country could be seen as a blow.
Mourinho's decision to drop the Belgium international is particularly bad timing for De Bruyne, as the World Cup in Brazil takes place next year and not playing could be a threat to his place in the Diables Rouges squad.