Chelsea winger chase led by Germans

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The chase to sign Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne in the January transfer window is on and it is two Bundesliga clubs that are heading the pack.

According to Sky Sports, both Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen are very keen on the Stamford Bridge outcast, who has made Jose Mourinho's starting I only four times this season.

The Chelsea manager criticised De Bruyne after a poor performance in a Capital One cup tie with Swindon Town and he has rarely featured since, though there is a chance he will be picked for the clash with Sunderland on Tuesday night in the same competition.

However, it looks as though his future lies away from the Blues and the report claims Wolfsburg and Leverkusen are preparing to make a move in January, though they do have other competition.

Bayer director of sport Rudi Voller has openly admitted an interest in the 22-year-old, who will be hoping to find some regular first team football for the rest of the season to make sure of his place in the Belgium squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

"We made no secret of our interest in Kevin De Bruyne right from last summer," he is quoted as saying in the report.

"There are many clubs interested in him. Regardless of our league position, we're always looking for new players.

"It's possible that we do sign somebody this winter, but then again, we could go into the second half of the season with the same team and look to do something next summer.

"If you do anything, then it's got to be a top alternative to what we've already got here."

A number of clubs are credited with an interest in the report, with most of them in the Bundesliga and it is there that he is expected to end up.

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