VfL Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Belgium international winger Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea on a permanent deal, according to the club’s official website, www.vfl-wolfsburg.de.
The former K.R.C. Genk starlet, 22, made nine appearances in all competitions — including just five starts — for the Blues this season.
De Bruyne’s last competitive appearance for Chelsea came on 17 December versus Sunderland in the Capital One Cup but he has not played in the Premier League since replacing compatriot Eden Hazard in the 85th minute against Fulham on 21 September.
The move to the Volkswagen Arena will guarantee first-team football for the highly-rated 22-year-old winger, who is expected to be part of Marc Wilmots’ Belgium squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
“For me it was always clear that Wolfsburg was my first choice is I got the go-ahead from Chelsea,” said the Belgian ace.
“I am really delighted that that the transfer has worked out. Klaus Allofs and Dieter Hecking are putting together a very good team at VfL, with great potential to achieve big things.
“I want to play my part in the success of the club and reaching the target of playing internationally.”
De Bruyne will wear No. 14 for Wolfsburg until the summer of 2019.
Moyes plays down reports of Zaha rift
Manchester United manager David Moyes has rubbished reports suggesting there is a rift between him and Wilfried Zaha.
Recent reports have claimed Zaha left the Carrington training ground after learning Moyes had blocked a potential loan move away from Old Trafford.
Cardiff City, managed by former United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjær, are priced at 2/7 with Sky Bet to sign the England international before 1 February.
“I have told him that if I can’t get him the games I will put him out on loan,” said Moyes.
“But he can’t go out while we have Ashley Young and Nani injured and I would be surprised if anyone thought there was a possibility [of those two returning before the transfer window shuts].”
When asked about a training bust-up with Zaha, Moyes added: “I had 30 seconds chat on the training pitch and we were talking away. So there was nothing like that.”
In other news, Fiorentina — priced at 24/5 to earn a top 2 finish in Serie A — have completed the loan signing of out-of-favour United midfielder Anderson for the remainder of the 2013/14 season.
Anderson, 25, joined United from F.C. Porto in a deal believed to be worth €30 million in 2007.