Belgium had been expected to be shipped off once again to the Bundesliga.
Highly-rated midfield player Kevin De Bruyne will return to Chelsea next season, according to Bayer Leverkusen general manager Michael Reschke, reports Goal.com.
The young Belgium international has actually been at Stamford Bridge for the past 18 months, having signed for the Uefa Europa League winners from Belgium outfit Genk for £7 million in Jan 2012.
However, in the intervening period the 21-year-old has still to make a single appearance for the west London club, who initially loaned the attacking midfield player back to Genk, before then shipping De Bruyne out to Werder Bremen on a season-long loan spell at the start of the previous campaign.
And the player enjoyed an eye-catching season in the Bundesliga, registering ten goals and nine assists in his 32 league encounters for Bremen, although it had been expected that De Bruyne would return to Germany this summer as part of the deal that saw Andre Schurrle move to Stamford Bridge from Leverkusen.
That, though, is not now happening, with Reschke telling Bild: “At a meeting on Wednesday in Leipzig, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho made it clear that Kevin returns to Chelsea.
“It was not possible to connect it with the Andre Schurrle transfer.”