Wednesday, 17th August, 2011
Despite talks between Chelsea and Genk over midfield starlet Kevin De Bruyne dragging on, the player himself is confident that a deal can be struck with the Blues before the summer transfer window closes.
De Bruyne has already looked on as Chelsea have completed two legs of their triple Belgian swoop, signing the midfielder’s Genk team-mate Thibaut Courtois and loaning the goalkeeper to Atletico Madrid for the season, whilst also buying striker Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht.
But the 20-year-old is certain he will not have to wait too much longer to call himself a Chelsea player, although a path more akin to that taken by Courtois, spending the 2011/12 season on loan elsewhere, rather than Lukaku’s first team involvement, looks likely.
"My agent made it to Chelsea last Wednesday", De Bruyne told Belgian TV show Extra-Time, "and he had a good meeting with their management.
"By the end of the month the transfer could be completed because the deal is good for all three parties."
The young midfielder believes however that the odds are he will continue the current season with Genk.
"If an agreement is found with Chelsea, I certainly will stay for one more season at Genk."
De Bruyne enjoyed an exceptional 2010/11 campaign at Genk, helping the club to the Belgian title and registering 16 assists in 32 league games.