Kevin De Bruyne has played five matches for Chelsea since the start of the season. He has never completed 90 minutes of football in these matches. He started in the opening game against Hull, but the months of September and October saw him play just 152 mins. Any player will be disappointed in such a situation and the 21-year-old is no different.
After speaking with much confidence about his future at Chelsea up until now, he has spoken for the first time about the possibility of a move in January to play regular football. In an interview to Belgian newspaper HLN, he said,
“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it [January move] yet. I know something has to change. Sooner or later, I will have to play.
“But what can I do at this moment besides training hard and keeping quiet? My career has always gone up, but then it’s sometimes normal it makes a horizontal line.”
His comments seem like someone who is just starting to contemplate a January move, but he is prepared to give a few months to see if his situation improves or not. Several clubs like Wolfsburg are showing interest in taking him on loan till the end of the season.
De Bruyne did play in the 2-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday night. After a horrible performance against Swindon in the previous round, he did look much better. The performance, though, will not be sufficient to put him ahead of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Willian, and Andre Schurrle. These players seem that little bit better right now.
De Bruyne did confirm that Mourinho was impressed with his performance against Arsenal. He continued,
“The manager has told me I played a good game. I work hard on training. The manager has told me I’m doing well, but everyone in the team wants to play.
“We’ve squad of 25 players. And if you look around, they’re all world class.”
The possibility of sending him on loan depends on our status in January. If we were still fighting on four fronts, then he may not leave. If not, then Mourinho may grant him the permission especially considering that this is a World Cup year.