Manchester United’s hopes of signing Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne have been dealt a major blow, with the German Bundesliga side’s manager claiming that his Belgian will remain with the Wolves for another 18 months, reports the Express.
He made the move from Chelsea after failing to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis, and has since become one of the most effective playmakers in Europe. De Bruyne took little time to shine in the Bundesliga, as he had previously spent time on loan with Werder Bremen, and subsequently grew accustomed to the demands of the division.
As a result of his impressive performances with Wolfsburg, Manchester United are one of many sides in the market for the £30M-rated Belgian international, but Wolves manager Dieter Hecking says the midfielder won’t be sold until at least 2016, ruling out any chance of a summer move.
“I think he would benefit from another year in the Bundesliga. That’s what I would want. Kevin feels good, he’s enjoying a good season and it is clear that he is in very, very good hands with us. I don’t see him going anywhere in the summer,” he said.
De Bruyne has stirred up controversy by publicly admitting that he wants a big-money move to an elite European club, saying: “”Football is much about money, and my biggest ambition is to come out for a big European club. One I can win trophies with. As much trophies as possible.”
But the decision of his future comes down to the German outfit, and Wolfsburg will want adequate compensation for losing such an illustrious talent. A fee in excess of £30M could be required to lure him from Wolfsburg, but there’s expected to be no movement made until next season.
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