Manchester United may have been handed a big boost in the transfer market after quotes from Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne ruling out a return to Chelsea.
The Belgian international has had a superb season in the Bundesliga and is now attracting interest from top clubs all around Europe, with United joined by Manchester City in wanting to bring him back to the Premier League.
De Bruyne didn’t get many opportunities in his first spell in England, finding himself offloaded after just half a season under Jose Mourinho in 2013/14, making the £18m move to Germany with Wolfsburg.
The 23-year-old has now responded to speculation that he could return to English football, and has been quick to pour cold water over the idea that he could be set for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Given that Mourinho never played him last time, De Bruyne insists he would not play for the Blues again while the Portuguese coach is still in charge at the club.
“I think, to be honest, that I would not return to Chelsea as long as he [Mourinho] is in charge,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.