Well well well. Although Kevin de Bruyne's quotes from earlier today seemed to suggest that he was in line to move away from Chelsea for another loan spell, we're now hearing from Germany that this isn't the case at all. Take it away, German friends!
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have at a meeting where we clearly understand that Kevin for the new season to Chelsea returns. Chelsea will definitely no longer lend the player - at any club The thing is through - unfortunately.. It was no longer possible for us to be coupled to a transfer with Andre Schurrle.
-Bayer Leverkusen GM Michael Reschke. Source: Express via Sportschau (Google translated)
So that's interesting. (A note on the Schurrle thing -- I think that means that he's sad de Bruyne won't be able to be used as a makeweight in the deal, not that selling Schurrle is off the table entirely.) We can probably assume that the above quote also means he won't be sold.
Mourinho, then, is going to bring de Bruyne back into the fold and give him enough playing time to make his case for a role in the World Cup with Belgium. This is pretty fantastic news for fans of the youngster, and although I'm not sure he'll be part of the first-choice XI, if Mourinho thinks he's ready to contribute at a high level we'll see plenty of him next year.
I bet everyone claiming that the Special One never puts faith in the youth is feeling a little bit silly right now.