Wilmots thinks the midfielder is wasting his time at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne has not enjoyed the best of times in west London this season since returning to the club following two loan spells.
The 22-year-old joined the Blues in January 2012 from Genk, before heading back to the Belgian club for the remainder of the campaign and then spending time with Werder Bremen for the entire 2012/13 term.
Yet since coming back to Stamford Bridge De Bruyne has been on the periphery of the team under manager Jose Mourinho and has started just four matches in all competitions.
The attacking midfielder is now away on international duty with Belgium, as the country prepares for their first World Cup appearance since 2002 and coach Marc Wilmots thinks the player should leave the Premier League and return to the Bundesliga.
“My request is that Kevin De Bruyne plays regular first-team football,” Wilmots was quoted by Sky Sports.
“Everyone knows what he is capable of. Schalke is a special club for me and it would be great to see a player of this quality play for Schalke 04.
“Kevin De Bruyne is a player that many clubs are about to consider.”
It’s true that the Belgian is growing increasingly frustrated with Mourinho’s tactics, with the 50-year-old making the midfielder train with the youth team for some time.
It’s also likely that Wilmots is right and several teams would be prepared to pay big money for De Bruyne – which the Portuguese boss may except due to the plethora of talent already available in attacking midfield at the club.
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