The Belgium starlet, who is international teammates with Hazard, has been in eye-catching form with VfL Wolfsburg this term, and as a result there have been several rumours suggesting that he might be in line for a move to a bigger European club this summer.
Hazard on De Bruyne
Of course that’s in stark contrast to his fortunes during his time in west London, where he cut a frustrated figure after spending much of his time on the bench. De Bruyne was initially tipped for big things when he joined from Genk in 2012 and although Mourinho decided he wasn’t needed in his set-up, Hazard has opined that it was a shame to see him go.
“Sure, he’s a great player,” Hazard told French outlet L’Equipe, as relayed by Goal.
“Mourinho decided to let him go and not to play him. It’s not my decision. Even though I know very well that he could play at Chelsea because he has tremendous qualities.
“I think that at Chelsea you have more pressure than at Wolfsburg. I would have loved to play with him. It’s a shame he’s gone but he’ll have a great career.”
Success in Germany
Indeed due to the fact that he’s evolved into one of the continent’s most effective playmakers this campaign De Bruyne is sure to have a host of offers come the summer transfer window. Both Chelsea and Manchester City have been loosely linked with making bids to see him return to the Premier League, and Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking would be right to be approaching the end of the season with trepidation.
The 50-year-old has formed a smart setup at the Volkswagen Arena, and key to their success this season in the Bundesliga has been De Bruyne. If the German outfit are to continue their steady rise they’ll need to keep hold of such figures, though the idea of selling him for a mass profit might be enough to force them into considering a sale.
Having bought De Bruyne for a mooted fee of £16.7 million in 2014, Wolfsburg could make a heady profit all things considered. Given that the 23-year-old is only a year and a half into a five-year contract his owners could expect a handsome return if they put him in the market, with recent speculation having him pegged at around £35m.
So the big question balls down to whether or not the player himself wants to move to pastures new after this campaign. His stats would infer that the system Wolfsburg are playing is perfectly suited to him, but such factors mean very little when it’s considered he’d have a better chance at winning major silverware elsewhere.
In an ideal world he would stay put and continue to hone his skills amongst surroundings tailored to getting the best out of his development. Of course the words ideal world and planet football don’t even sit in the same galaxy, and so we could well see De Bruyne making a return to the Premier League sooner rather than later.
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