De Bruyne leaves Chelsea
Kevin de Bruyne (Getty Images)
London - Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne has completed a move from Chelsea to German side Wolfsburg, the two clubs announced on Saturday.
De Bruyne, 22, has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Volkswagen-backed club, keeping him in Lower Saxony until June 2019.
Neither club confirmed the transfer fee, although German media have suggested that it is in the region of €22 million.
If true, the deal would constitute a record for Wolfsburg, beating the previous mark of up to €20 million paid to Bayern Munich for Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo last summer.
"Kevin always said to us that he wanted to come to Wolfsburg. He is convinced as to his sporting perspectives at the club and has the potential to play a major role in the team," declared Wolves sporting director Klaus Allofs.
De Bruyne, who trained with his new colleagues on Saturday, will be officially presented on Sunday.
He joined Chelsea from Genk in 2012, but after going out on loan to Werder Bremen in the 2012-13 campaign, he was unable to force his way into the first-team picture this season.
Chelsea only paid around €7 million to secure his services, but his stock rose in Germany after he scored 10 goals in 34 appearances during his loan spell at Bremen.