Chelsea star advised to join Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea star Kevin De Bruyne has been advised to join Atletico Madrid in January by Belgian teammate and Atletico defender Toby Alderweireld.

According to Sky Sports, the Chelsea attacker is being watched by several clubs, including Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and Schalke after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

And Alderweireld believes he should think about leaving Stamford Bridge for first-team football with the World Cup looming next summer.

"It will be fantastic if he joins Atletico in January," Alderweireld told Het Laatste Nieuws, as reported by Sky Sports.

"Kevin is an excellent player. He knows how to play football. On the other hand, this team is already shaped and is doing well in the league.

"If he decides to leave Chelsea, he has to move to a team where he can play regularly, because the World Cup is coming."

De Bruyne, 22, was advised by Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard to leave on loan in the January transfer window to get more first-team football ahead of Belgium's World Cup bid.

Marc Wilmot's side are fancied by many to make an impression at the tournament in Brazil, but there is concern over the fact that some of the country's key players - including De Bruyne - are not getting enough playing time.

Wilmots said earlier this month that players like Mousa Dembele, Thomas Vermaelen and De Bruyne need to be playing regularly to be considered for national team selection.

De Bruyne was part of Mourinho's Chelsea plans at the beginning of the season, but was criticised by the manager for his attitude in training and has since dropped out of the team - except for Capital One Cup starts.

He spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen and had spoken of his desire at the start of the season to break into the Chelsea team.

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