Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has officially completed his move away from Chelsea to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. Though the transfer fee has not officially been disclosed, it has been reported to have been around $27.4 million.
De Bruyne joined Chelsea in January 2012, and spent 18 months out on loan, first at his former club Genk and then last season at Werder Bremen, where he impressed, scoring 10 goals in 34 appearances.
“Chelsea thanks Kevin for his service and wishes him well at his new club,” said a Blues statement.
22-year old De Bruyne found his first team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge, falling behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata in the pecking order. Much of the cost of his sale will cover the expense of signing Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic.
De Bruyne, speaking to the Wolfsburg website, said:
“It was clear from the start that Wolfsburg would be the first team I talk to if Chelsea gave me permission. That’s why I’m very happy that this transfer has been completed. I want to play my part, make sure we continue to be successful, and return to the international stage.”