Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has advised Kevin De Bruyne to reject the interest coming from top teams and stay at VfL Wolfsburg for another season.
Speaking to Sky Deutschland, as relayed by the Daily Express, Wilmots confirmed he believes it would be in De Bruyne’s best interest to extend his stay at the Volkswagen Arena for at least another season, where he’s been a hit since his arrival from Chelsea.
"In my opinion, he should stay at Wolfsburg for one or two more years," Wilmots said.
"In my opinion, he should stay at Wolfsburg for one or two more years"
Of course it will be a difficult proposition for the young midfielder to turn down his many suitors as things stand. Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with making attempts to sign him in the summer, and the fact that they could offer him a triumphant return to the Premier League might factor into his decision.
Despite being labelled a player of high potential the Belgium international was let go by Jose Mourinho in January of last year. The 23-year-old was unable to force his way into The Special One’s plans, but since his transfer he’s been nothing short of a revelation in the Bundesliga.
Having recently been joined by Andre Schurrle, De Bruyne is arguably the most pivotal member of Dieter Hecking’s team, and this season’s stats of 11 goals and 15 assists in 29 appearances across all competitions are exceptionally easy on the eye.
As a direct result of his importance it’s likely Wolfsburg will fight tooth and nail to keep him within their folds, with his price-tag set at a mooted £30 million. They currently sit 2nd in Germany’s top division and so are looking to press on with a new era at the club, though to do so they’ll need to retain their top performers.
Proving Mourinho wrong
A move to United, and Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford project, may interest him, but it’s the Chelsea speculation that will surely be playing most predominantly on his mind. The likes of Nemanja Matic and Thibaut Courtois - the latter admittedly on a loan spell - left Stamford Bridge for pastures new only to return as established stars, and both are linchpins for Jose Mourinho.
That said it could provide De Bruyne with more satisfaction to excel away from west London, giving Mourinho frequent glimpses of what he could have had if he had given the young playmaker a chance in his first-team. A switch to United would be the ultimate in-your-face if it were to come off, though at the moment leaving Wolfsburg looks like an unnecessary risk to take.
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