Kevin de Bruyne has made it clear that he is looking forward to making an impact in the Chelsea first-team, after linking up with his new teammates, following his arrival from Genk.
The Belgian midfielder signed for Chelsea last January, but was immediately loaned back to Genk for the remainder of the season, much to the chagrin of fans who like to bet on soccer games.
This year, the 21-year old is expected to be a part of Roberto Di Matteo’s first team plans; although, the battle for places in the Chelsea midfield will make it a tough ask for de Bruyne to establish himself as a regular starter.
Fellow Belgian, Eden Hazard, is also a new arrival at Stamford Bridge, and de Bruyne is looking forward to linking up with the striker for their new side. The two compatriots will also play a role in helping each other settle into their new surroundings.
“I know a couple of people here already, so it’s quite good for integration. I don’t see there being any problems,” de Bruyne said.
“I know Eden [Hazard] very well, and for a long time. I played with him for the national team. We are the same age, so we played together when we were 18, 19.
“Since I have been here for pre-season, everything is fine; the club has taken very good care of me and has organised everything perfectly to make it easy,” added the attacking playmaker.
It will be interesting to see the look of the side that starts the season under Di Matteo.
The Italian will be freer than he was last year to stamp his authority over the squad, possibly giving younger players, like de Bruyne, the chance to impress and cement their place in his plans.
Chelsea are third favourite to win the Premier League, next year, according to the soccer betting tips on Bet365.