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Kevin de Bruyne rules out Chelsea return

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Wolfsburg star Kevin de Bruyne has ruled out a return to Chelsea so long as Jose Mourinho remains in charge.

The 23-year-old left Stamford Bridge in January 2014 after failing to convince the Special One of his ability.

He agreed a £17m deal to join the Bundesliga side and has since emerged as one of the brightest talents in Europe.

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De Bruyne registered 27 assists in all competitions for Wolfsburg this season and scored 15 goals.

Unsurprisingly, he is already being linked with a big money move to one of Europe's biggest clubs with Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all rumoured to be interested.

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No Chelsea return

However, a return to Chelsea is definitely off the cards, at least while Mourinho remains at the helm, as De Bruyne explained to Sport Bild.

"I think, to be honest, that I would not return to Chelsea as long as he is in charge," the midfielder said.

Worryingly for Chelsea, De Bruyne also confirmed that he is ready and willing to return to the Premier League should the right opportunity come along.

Ready for Premier League challenge

That means Mourinho could face the prospect of setting up his team to defend against the player he deemed not good enough to play for them.

He continued: "I don't fear to return to England, or to play in Spain. I believe I can make it there. You can't compare my time at Chelsea with what is now."

The asking price

Wolfsburg would certainly try to resist any attempts to take their star player away this summer, but it is reported a fee in the region of £35m would be enough to seal De Bruyne's signature.

Manchester United have already completed a deal for another Dutch talent in Memphis Depay, meaning their needs for an attacking midfielder are less than that of their noisy neighbours.

Manuel Pellegrini is looking to improve the quality of his squad ahead of next season and could certainly afford to meet Wolfsburg's asking price.

Such a situation would be a potential nightmare for Mourinho, who would have helped to strengthen a direct Premier League title rival by allowing De Bruyne to leave the club.

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