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Wolfsburg says Chelsea ace De Bruyne will 'only' join them

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Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has revealed that Kevin de Bruyne will complete a transfer to Wolfsburg this month - but admits a deal is yet to be agreed with Chelsea.

Recent reports have suggested that the German club are close to sealing a £17 million deal for De Bruyne, who joined Chelsea from Genk in 2012 for €8 million.

Although Allofs says reports that the deal is done are wide of the mark, he does expect it to be completed soon - and says Wolfsburg are the only club that the Belgian will join if and when he does leave Chelsea.

"Some papers already announced the deal is done, but that's premature," he told Kicker.

"We can't announce a deal yet and we aren't in a desperate mood, though we would not be talking to Chelsea, if we had totally opposing views."

"The matter of which club Kevin would move to - unlike before Christmas - is no longer doubtful - that will be the VfL [Wolfsburg]."

De Bruyne is expected to depart Stamford Bridge this month before the close of the January transfer window having not played as regularly as most expected over the summer.

"It is an attempt to make us a better team," continued Allofs. "If it succeeds, it is not the decision against one of our players. We are strong enough without De Bruyne.

The former Genk man also appears to share something of a fractious relationship with boss Jose Mourinho, who publicly criticised the player after his performance in the Capital One Cup against Swindon in September.

De Bruyne, who was heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund over the summer, has played just three times in the Premier League this season.

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