Chelsea winger could leave in January

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Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne could leave west London in January with Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg credited with an interest in his signature, reports ESPN.

The 22-year-old Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Premier League giants when the transfer window reopens in the New Year, and a return to Germany, where he enjoyed a successful spell with Werder Bremen last season has been mooted.

De Bruyne began the 2013/14 campaign in the Chelsea first-team frame, but has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, prompting speculation suggesting he could join Dieter Hecking at the Volkswagen Arena.

"For Kevin, the competition at Chelsea is bigger than at Bremen," explained his agent Patrick de Koster. "All the same, he played well in pre-season but now it appears Jose Mourinho has other plans.

"If Kevin needs to find a new club in January, we'll talk to [Wolfsburg general manager] Klaus Allofs.

"Klaus is a friend. We worked on the deal between Chelsea and Bremen, and that was a good deal for everyone involved."

De Bruyne started Chelsea's opening Premier League home win against Hull City, and the goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but was recently told to train with the U21 squad after being dropped for the recent Champions League clash against Steaua Bucharest.

De Koster said that there was "currently no contact with any Bundesliga club" but added: "We'll have a situation to deal with in January. If we need to find a solution for Kevin, then there is a least one club."

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