Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of signing Kevin De Bruyne in January.
The 22-year-old joined the Blues back in 2012, but spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen gaining first team experience in Germany.
Having featured in the opening weeks of the current campaign for Jose Mourinho’s side, the youngster has subsequently fallen out of favour in west London, with speculation claiming clubs in the Bundesliga would be keen to bring him back in January.
However, Dortmund have dismissed claims that they could be one of the interested parties, with Klopp insisting De Bruyne is not on their list of targets.
"We have signed great players over the summer. We have a squad we are very happy with," Klopp told Deutsche Presseagentur.
"He (Kevin de Bruyne) is actually no one we are after. He is at Chelsea and given the size and quality of the Chelsea first-team squad it's quite usual he may sometimes miss out on one or two matches."
De Bruyne’s agent has also weighed into the debate, insisting his client has no plan to walk away from Stamford Bridge.
Indeed, Patrick De Koster’s comments appear to match those from Klopp, admitting that the youngster knows he faces strong competition to get into ‘the special one’s’ side on a regular basis.
"This summer we decided to stay with Chelsea, and we knew the competition would be hard and that Kevin had to fight," De Koster told Bild.
"He will continue fighting. I have no contact to other clubs. Even if we were in the transfer period, I would not have any contact."