Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is waiting for Blues chiefs to make a decision over a January exit and is desperate to leave the club permanently in search of regular first-team football, according to the player's agent.
De Bruyne returned to Stamford Bridge this summer and initially looked likely to keep an early starting spot, but was soon back on the sidelines and has not featured in the Premier League since September.
The 22-year-old has been consistently linked with another loan back to the Bundesliga, but the player's representative Patrick De Koster is adamant that a short-term switch is not in the interest of either part and favours a permanent move back to Germany.
De Koster told Press Association Sport: "Another loan wouldn't be good for the player or the club.
"The player and his family would like to secure a permanent solution because he has been out on loan already twice. It's a World Cup year and for this reason he needs to play.
"Now in the next few hours or days, we will see if somebody finds an agreement with Chelsea. If there is an agreement I will speak with the player about what we will do.
"His preference is to go back to the Bundesliga. There have been discussions with Wolfsburg and other clubs."
The driving force behind De Bruyne's impatience and frustration is most likely this summer's World Cup finals, with competition for places among a star-studded Belgium squad particularly fierce.
Wolfsburg and former club Werder Bremen have reportedly been quoted an eye-watering £25m to sign the playmaker on a permanent basis, while Serie A champions Juventus are also thought to be monitoring the situation and weighing up the merits of a January offer.