Charismatic coach denies young midfielder swoop.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move for Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne during the January transfer window, Sky Sports reports.
The 22-year-old had been tipped to make a big impact at Stamford Bridge this season and after a solid showing in the pre season campaign and starting the games against Hull City and Manchester United, but in recent weeks his lack of game time has led to links of a return to Germany, where he enjoyed a successful season long loan with Werder Bremen last season.
Bremen have already declared their interest again, but Dortmund have already ruled themselves out.
“We have signed great players over the summer. We have a squad we are very happy with,” Klopp told Deutsche Presseagentur.
“He (Kevin de Bruyne) is actually no one we are after. He is at Chelsea FC and given the size and quality of the Chelsea FC first-team squad it’s quite usual he may sometimes miss out on one or two matches.”
De Bruyne’s agent is also quoted in the German press, ruling out a possible move in January.
“This summer we decided to stay with Chelsea, and we knew the competition would be hard and that Kevin had to fight,” Patrick De Koster is quoted by Bild.
“He will continue fighting. I have no contact to other clubs. Even if we were in the transfer period, I would not have any contact.”