Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne says that he will consider leaving the club unless he becomes a first-team regular.
The Belgian was signed during the summer from Genk, but left to join Werder Bremen on loan before making his Premier League debut with the Londoners.
He has been a regular performer in the Bundesliga thus season gaining valuable experience, but the 21-year-old warns that he does not want to sit on the bench at Chelsea:
“I am definitely going to spend pre-season with Chelsea.” he is quoted by SkySports.
“After that, we will see what happens,
“I know it will be very tough for me to accept being just a substitute. I know I would become extremely unhappy.
He went on to suggest that he may look for a move if he feels that he will not get a regular place in the Chelsea line-up:
“I want to play every match and if that doesn’t happen at Chelsea, then perhaps I will have to find a club that are a bit lower in standard.”
De Bruyne moved to Chelsea for a fee of £7m during the summer, following a successful spell with Genk in his home nation.
He is likely to face much competition from Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Marko Marin and Victor Moses for a starting spot should he return to the club ahead of next season.