Chelsea have confirmed that attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has completed his transfer to VfL Wolfsburg.
The Belgian began the season well with the Blues after impressing Jose Mourinho in pre-season, but was soon frozen out, and only made five starts and four substitute appearances for the Stamford Bridge side.
De Bruyne knows he requires first team football in order to continue his development, and at 22 years of age, he had reached a crucial juncture of his career.
With Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho able to choose from the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Willian, Juan Mata and Ramires to play behind his centre forward, De Bruyne knew he faced a near impossible task finding his way into the team.
After a highly successful spell with Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen in 2012-13, it is unsurprising that his stock remains high in Germany – and he may go on to have a long and fruitful career at VfL Wolfsburg.