Chelsea’s De Bruyne needs to play more, says Belgium boss Wilmots

Belgium Head Coach Marc Wilmots insists Chelsea’s Kevin de Bruyne should be playing first-team football as clubs are considering a move for the out-of-favour midfielder, writes Sky Sports.

De Bruyne, who has made just three appearances under Jose Mourinho this season, has failed to estabish himself at Stamford Bridge since joining from Genk in 2012.

Wilmots has insisted that the Belgium midfielder should be playing first-team football, adding that the 22-year-old is more than able. “My request is that Kevin de Bruyne plays regular first-team football,” Wilmots said. “Everyone knows what he is capable of.”

Bundesliga side Schalke 04 are rumoured to be interested in de Bruyne and Wilmots believes a switch to Gelsenkirchen would be a smart move. “Schalke is a special club for me and it would be great to see a player of this quality play for Schalke 04,” he added.

Schalke manager Horst Heldt didn’t deny a move for the Chelsea midfielder would be possibly in January. “Kevin de Bruyne is a player that many clubs are about to consider,” Heldt said.

De Bruyne has spent time on loan already since joining the Blues, with a spell at Genk and, last season, Werder Bremen. His impressive record of 10 goals in 32 games at the German side saw De Bruyne return to Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho has yet to allow a run in the side.

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