Atletico Madrid are interested in offering Kevin De Bruyne a way out of Chelsea in January, according to the Daily Mail.

Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has only played five minutes of league football since August and was recently advised by fellow countryman and club mate Eden Hazard to leave the club in order to play regular first team football.

The 22-year-old has lots of competition for places in a strong Chelsea squad, with manager Jose Mourinho preferring to use Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Schurlle and Lampard ahead of De Bruyne so far this season.

De Bruyne will be hoping to secure a place in the Belgium squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer after playing a starring role in their qualifying campaign, however national manager Marc Wilmots has recently warned his players that they need to be playing regularly at their clubs to be selected.

Chelsea paid around £7 million to sign De Bruyne from Genk in 2012 and loaned the midfielder out to German outfit Werder Bremen last season, where he scored 10 times in 32 appearances.

Schalke and Wolfsburg are said to be interested in offering the Belgian a route back to the Bundesliga, however Atletico Madrid, who currently sit second in La Liga, are now keen on the player as well.

A move to the Vicente Calderon may appeal more to De Bruyne, as Belgian compatriot Thibaut Courtois is in his third season on loan at the club from Chelsea, playing regular football, and is tipped to become one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

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