National team boss worries for midfielder’s future.
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Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots has urged young midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to seek an exit from Chelsea in order to gain more regular first team action, Sky Sports reports.
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The 22-year-old has failed to nail down a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s side this season, making just three appearances so far this term.
And Wilmots believe’s that the player’s progression will stagnate if he is forced to see out the majority of the season from the bench, and should therefore consider a move away from the club if he cannot make the breakthrough anytime soon.
“My request is that Kevin de Bruyne plays regular first-team football,” Wilmots told Sport-BILD.
“Everyone knows what he is capable of.”
German club Schalke have been heavily credited with a swoop for him and Wilmots has encouraged him to think about making the switch to Gelsenkirchen as it would be a wise move.
“Schalke is a special club for me and it would be great to see a player of this quality play for Schalke 04.”
The Bundesliga side have not ruled out the deal, having witnessed him close up last season when he spent time on loan with rivals Werder Bremen.
“Kevin de Bruyne is a player that many clubs are about to consider,” the club confirmed.