Earlier this morning the Chelsea FC Twitter account and website made the rumored Kevin De Bruyne transfer to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg official. The young Belgian failed to break in to Jose Mourinho’s matchday squad after impressing in a loan spell at Werder Bremen and showing great promise in the preseason. It seemed that Jose loaned out both Victor Moses and Marko Marin to clear some of De Bruyne’s competition on the wings and he was even given a starting spot in the opening EPL match against Hull City. De Bruyne set up Chelsea’s first goal of the season but unfortunately it was his last meaningful contribution for the club.
The club’s official tweet:
— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 18, 2014
The rumors swirled as De Bruyne slipped further and further down the depth chart and both player and manager were constantly denying that the Belgian was unsettled at Chelsea. The rumors became fact as the January transfer window opened and talks with Wolfsburg began. After completing his medical earlier in the week, De Bruyne has officially become a Wolfsburg player and we here at The Pride of London wish him the best of luck. Chelsea made a nearly 11 million pound profit from the sale which could be crucial for UEFA’s upcoming Financial Fair Play rules. The best possible news would be if there is a buyback or first refusal clause in the transfer if De Bruyne develops in to a truly world class player.
A strange ode to the man we called KDB here.
The full financial impact of the transfer here.