Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

Time is running out for promising Belgian youngster Kevin De Bruyne to join Chelsea and the player himself is frustrated at the lack of progress towards a deal.

Chelsea increased their offer for De Bruyne over the weekend and this was thought good enough for Genk to allow the 20-year-old to move to Stamford Bridge.

But the Belgian champions had a rethink and chose to reject the English side’s latest proposal on Tuesday, leaving De Bruyne looking at an extended stay in the Jupiler League.

"I do not want to create controversy", explained De Bruyne, "but I am disappointed by the attitude of Genk.

"Chelsea made, in my view, a very nice offer.

"The English club wanted to loan me for free to Genk for one season and I would drop part of my salary. The sporting aspect outweighs everything else."

And the move seemed on to De Bruyne, until yesterday.

"On Tuesday I was called by Degraen (Genk’s CEO), who suddenly said to me that Chelsea’s offer was not good enough.

"We were very nice in talks with Genk and everything was going well.

"I hope this will be resolved as it was a dream scenario. I do not understand why Genk opposes this transfer."

De Bruyne is now crossing his fingers and hoping Chelsea return with an improved offer before the transfer window closes.

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