Chelsea have garnered somewhat of a reputation for buying young players cheaply, loaning them out to various clubs across Europe and then selling them on for sizeable profit.
This summer, the Blues have been in pursuit of bringing one of their former proteges back to Stamford Bridge in the form of Romelu Lukaku.
Their chances of signing the Belgian have looked slimmer since Michy Batshuayi's arrival but it turns out Lukaku isn't the only ex-Blue Antonio Conte has tried to entice back this summer.
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Jeffrey Bruma was sold to PSV Eindhoven three years ago after failing to break through into the first team setup at Chelsea.
Following a successful stint in the Eredivisie, the defender has recently made a switch to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg but revealed he also received an offer to return to his old club.
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In an interview with Bild in Germany, Bruma revealed the various opportunities he contemplated: “I had other options like Inter Milan. I could have gone back to Chelsea, who wanted me.
“Also there was a way to stay at PSV Eindhoven, who are regularly in the Champions League. But in the end I was attracted by the project at Wolfsburg."
Bruma, who spent part of his Chelsea career on loan at Leicester and Hamburg, explained that the appeal of regularly appearing in the Champions League influenced his decision - even though his new club actually finished eighth in the Bundesliga last season.
“Wolfsburg is a club where I can play. This is very important for my further development.
“At Chelsea or Inter, it would have been difficult for me to make the next step.
“My goal is to return to European football. Everyone knows how beautiful it is to play in the Champions League.”
Bruma would have certainly had a better chance of getting minutes at Stamford Bridge this season given Conte's current defensive dilemma.
Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic are currently injured while John Terry and Gary Cahill's sketchy form last season proved how far they have fallen in recent times.
Chelsea are still trying to sign Kalidou Koulibaly but they might end up rueing the decision to sell Bruma if unable to complete a deal for the Napoli centre-back before the season officially starts next month.
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