Kevin de Bruyne has received an apparent fillip from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after the young Belgian was told by his new boss that he has a future at Stamford Bridge.
De Bruyne is yet to have played a competitive game for Chelsea following his transfer from Genk in January 2012, with the 21-year-old spending the entirety of last season on loan with Werder Bremen.
The Belgium international has been linked with a transfer away from Chelsea after an impressive campaign in the Bundesliga, having scored 10 goals during his time at the Weserstadion.
But De Bruyne now appears set to make a maiden appearance for the Chelsea first team next term, having spoken to Mourinho following Belgium's win over Serbia earlier this month.
Mourinho did not provide De Bruyne with any assurances that he will play regular first-team football, although assured the former Genk star that he his part of his plans following the ex-Real Madrid manager's return to Chelsea.
"Mr Mourinho gave a phone call to Kevin, explaining a little bit the situation for next season," De Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster told Sky Sports.
"We didn't receive any guarantees, but it's normal in a team like Chelsea. It's up to him to prove like he did in the last 18 months.
"A year and a half ago when he signed a contract at Chelsea, it was like a dream which became reality. Afterwards it was important for Kevin to put the right steps at the right moments.
"Kevin wants to play. Playing football, he became a better football player. I think he proved it staying six months more in Genk and last season in Bremen.
"He did very well. Now it's up to him to prove the same thing at Chelsea."
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