Marc Wilmots: 'Kevin de Bruyne needs first-team football'

Kevin De Bruyne of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013
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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots admits that he is keen to see Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne play regular first-team football before next summer's World Cup.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has encouraged midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to seek first-team football elsewhere if he can't break into Chelsea's starting lineup.

De Bruyne has made just two Premier League starts for Chelsea since returning from a loan spell with Werder Bremen, and Wilmots has advised the 22-year-old to seek a move back to Germany if he can't impress Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

The 44-year-old told Sport-Bild: "My request is that Kevin de Bruyne plays regular first-team football. Everyone knows what he is capable of.

"Schalke is a special club for me and it would be great to see a player of this quality play for Schalke 04.

"Kevin de Bruyne is a player that many clubs are about to consider."

De Bruyne has scored four goals in 17 appearances for his national side, and he is expected to feature for Belgium at the World Cup next summer.

Romelu Lukaku of Belgium and James Collins of Wales stretch for the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match on October 15, 2013
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