It was evident that Kevin De Bruyne did not envision himself much of a Chelsea player during his time at Stamford Bridge. The young Belgian was constantly outspoken about wanting moves to other teams, and truthfully, had not evolved enough as a player to warrant a starting spot in the Blues star-studded midfield.
Thus, a move to Bundesliga side, VfL Wolfsburg, was in the cards, and since he had become quite popular in Germany during his time on loan with Werder Bremen, it was a perfect match.
De Bruyne is a highly talented winger with enough potential to one day become elite, but, at the moment, without the maturity to match. During his time with Chelsea, it was clear that the player did not want to fight for a starting position and was much more comfortable moving to a smaller club where he would be heavily relied upon as the focal point.
After winning the Bundesliga for the first time in 2008-09 with Edin Dzeko, Wolfsburg has struggled to to recreate the same form. The injection of the De Bruyne’s pace down the right flank is just what is needed in order to kickstart their offense, and the player could possibly be the final piece to the puzzle of achieving Champions League football.
While this was a good signing for Wolfsburg, this was an even better piece of business for Chelsea. The west London club bought the player for £7 million in 2012 and sold him this January for £17 million. That goes to show the sort of impact last season had, and that despite his struggles with the Blues, clubs still rated him very highly.
The money brought in from the De Bruyne transfer was then used to fund the purchase of Nemanja Matic, a central/defensive midfielder, and a position of real need.
Now, the player is off Chelsea’s books and is happy to get the playing time he needs in order to contend for a spot in Belgium’s World Cup squad.