The 20-year-old, who came through the ranks at the Belgian champions, made his debut in 2009 and won a first full cap for Belgium in August 2010. Andre Villas-Boas had said Chelsea’s reported £6.7m bid for the Belgian midfielder was down to “club policy.” Genk have confirmed de Bruyne, who scored five goals last season, will undergo a medical on Monday. De Bruyne is expected to be loaned back to Genk if he completes his five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea.move before the transfer window closes. Chelsea manager Villas-Boas said: “He’s a player the club has scouted for some time. I’m a manager who respects club policy. A club has to look to the future, whether it’s with this manager or another. He’s a good bet for the future.”
De Bruyne also made 16 assists last season as Genk were crowned Belgian champions for the third time. He has played twice against Chelsea this season, appearing for Genk in the 5-0 Champions League group stage defeat at Stamford Bridge and again in the 1-1 draw at the Cristal Arena. He made his international debut in August 2010 in a friendly against Finland.
If he passes the fitness test on Monday, he will become the third Belgian player signed by Chelsea boss Villas-Boas following the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois. Villas-Boas admitted on Friday that Chelsea’s pursuit of De Bruyne – who would become their second January capture after Gary Cahill.
De Bruyne scored a double and set up a decisive pass in last weekend’s 5-0 win over Louvain, as RC Genk sit fifth in the league 13 points behind leaders Anderlecht.
Did You Know?
De Bruyne’s mother was born in Ealing, west London
His Skills & Goals:
- De Bruyne chase is ‘club policy’ (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Genk and Chelsea close to Kevin de Bruyne deal (independent.co.uk)
- You: Chelsea Transfer Target: Who Is Kevin De Bruyne? (bleacherreport.com)
- Willian Or De Bruyne Will Not Be Chelsea Players This Season (football-europe.net)