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Thursday, December 6, 2012
De Bruyne hopeful over Chelsea future

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Kevin de Bruyne has said he still sees his long-term future at Chelsea, but has not ruled out leaving the club if he is not to be in the first-team reckoning on his return to Stamford Bridge.

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The 21-year-old signed for the Blues in January, but spent the remainder of last season at Genk. He is currently on loan at Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, having not yet made his Chelsea debut.

De Bruyne said he expects to return to Chelsea in the summer when his loan expires but admits another move - whether it be temporary or permanent - is a possibility.

"Normally, I will return to Chelsea in the summer. But in football things change fast," he told Bild. "You have to adapt to new situations fast. If Chelsea don't want me back in the summer, other options are on the cards."

In October De Bruyne had to clarify his comments about not settling well in Germany and the winger insists his goal is to establish himself at Chelsea.

"I want to prove myself there. My goal is to play for that club," he said. "I would not be able to take [sitting on the bench]. I want to play football. If I am not able to do so at Chelsea, then a step below that is fine for me."

When asked about new Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, De Bruyne said: "Things don't change for me. I had a phone call with a Chelsea employee last week. Benitez seems to be caretaker boss. It is not fixed for how long."

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