The Belgian winger has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga this season, after signing a season-long loan deal in Germany at the beginning of the 2012/13 campaign.
So impressive have De Bruyne's recent performances been, that there has already been calls from some Blues fans to recall the attacking midfielder early.
At 21, the £6.7million signing from Genk still has plenty of time on his side to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, but that moment might come sooner than expected if his agent, Patrick De Koster's latest quotes are to be believed.
"The conversation [with Chelsea] was very positive," said De Koster. "They are pleased with his progress and think he is ready to become part of the first-team.
"The only problem is there is still no clarity about who is head coach next season."
With interim boss Rafa Benitez expected to leave the west London club in the summer, Roman Abramovich is still on the lookout for a permanent successor to take over as Chelsea manager.
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