Chelsea transfers: ‘Kevin De Bruyne should join Atletico Madrid’

Chelsea transfers: Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld encourages Kevin De Bruyne to move to the Spanish capital

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone Photo: The Sport Review

Toby Alderweireld has urged out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to join Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.

The Belgian has struggled to make an impact under new Blues boss Jose Mourinho this season, leading to speculation the 22-year-old quit the west London side.

De Bruyne has failed to score in four appearances in all competitions for the west London side after returning from a season-long loan at Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen.

And Alderweireld, who joined Atletico from Ajax in the summer, would love De Bruyne to move to the Spanish capital to boost their La Liga title bid.

“It will be fantastic if he joins Atletico in January,” Alderweireld told Het Laatste Nieuws.

“Kevin is an excellent player. He knows how to play football.

“On the other hand, this team is already shaped and is doing well in the league.

“If he decides to leave Chelsea, he has to move to a team where he can play regularly, because the World Cup is coming.”

Last week, De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster confirmed there were a number of clubs interested in the playmaker but insisted De Bruyne will talk to Chelsea before turning his thoughts to a pontential move.

“There’s interest from some teams, but we will first talk to Chelsea. I don’t name clubs,” said De Koster.

“At the beginning of the season we agreed with Chelsea to talk in December. Then we will look at what’s the best for Chelsea and for Kevin.

“We’re now waiting on those talks. I suppose Jose Mourinho will have the final word. We’ll find a solution. We have a good relationship with Chelsea.

“If Kevin doesn’t play a lot, he’s not happy. The last few weeks he’s not playing spontaneously anymore, he thinks too much about his actions.”

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