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Saturday 24 March 2018

De Bruyne scrambling for exit door at Chelsea

Matt Law and Julian Bennetts

Kevin de Bruyne hopes to be given the green light to quit Chelsea next week, with his agent due to speak to the club about a move away from Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens.

German club Wolfsburg want to sign De Bruyne permanently, while Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid are interested in taking the Belgian on loan. De Bruyne is thought to favour a permanent switch to Wolfsburg. He is concerned he will not be given enough playing time at Atletico, who have already spoken to the 22-year-old's agent.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has tried to assure De Bruyne he will be offered more first-team opportunities over the coming weeks and months, but the midfielder fears he will not be given enough action at Chelsea to be sure of a World Cup place.

Chelsea signed De Bruyne almost two years ago. He has not played in the Premier League since a five-minute substitute's appearance against Fulham in September and was criticised by Mourinho for his display against Swindon in the League Cup.

Meanwhile, Mourinho is confident he has rebuilt John Terry's self-esteem and believes the Chelsea captain deserves to go down in football history alongside the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Javier Zanetti.

Terry turns 33 today and Mourinho said: "Even when a player with a big history in a club doesn't play the same or perform the same – like for example Giggs, Scholes last season or Zanetti – they are always important.

"They should never lose their status. They can lose their place on the pitch but the status, the respect, the voice – these players should never lose that.

"Did I have to remind him of his worth? Yes, I did. His self-esteem had been affected in relation to last season. I was far from thinking he'd play the first 14 matches in a row, but he's doing well, working and behaving well, and I'm pleased with him." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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