Chelsea winger De Bruyne to join Werder Bremen on loan

Kevin De Bruyne – the Belgium winger signed by Chelsea from Genk in January 2012 and immediately loaned back to his former club – is to leave the Champions League winners again, this time in a season-long switch to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen, the Guardian has reported.

The newspaper adds the loan deal has been arranged because Chelsea feel the 21-year-old would be best served continuing his development away from Stamford Bridge, at a club at which he could expect more regular first team football.

Despite being part of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States De Bruyne faces extensive competition to break into Roberto Di Matteo’s side. The likes of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Oscar and Juan Mata are already competing for places, with the Guardian suggesting there will be further arrivals before the close of the transfer window.

A series of offers have been made for Wigan Athletic forward Victor Moses, while Porto’s Brazil international Hulk remains on the club’s radar. Both would be in direct competition for places with De Bruyne.

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