Portuguese could opt to keep the player in the capital next season after all.
New Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho intends to travel to Brussels to watch midfield player Kevin De Bruyne in action for Belgium in their Fifa 2014 World Cup qualifier with Serbia on Friday night, says the Daily Mail.
The highly-rated young Belgium international has been at Stamford Bridge for the past 18 months now, having signed for the Blues from Belgium outfit Genk in Jan 2012 for just £7 million on a five-and-a-half-year contract.
However, in the intervening period the 21-year-old has still to even feature in a single match for the west London club, who loaned the player to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for the whole of the previous campaign.
De Bruyne enjoyed a fine season with the Germans, though, registering ten goals and ten assists in just 33 matches in all competitions, including ten goals and nine assists in 32 league contests for Bremen.
And now Mourinho wants to see the player in action for himself in order to decide whether or not he will form part of his first-team plans at the Bridge in the new campaign.