De Bruyne made 33 appearances for Werder Bremen during the 2012/13 season
De Bruyne made 33 appearances for Werder Bremen during the 2012/13 season

Wolfsburg seal De Bruyne signing

Wolfsburg - VfL Wolfsburg have strengthened their squad considerably ahead of the Bundesliga's restart by completing the signing of attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from English Premier League side Chelsea FC.

"Exceptional qualities"

The Belgian international, who enjoyed a successful season in the Bundesliga last term while on loan at SV Werder Bremen, has signed a five-year contract with the Wolves and will wear the No14 shirt this season.

"It was clear from the start that Wolfsburg would be the first team I talk to if Chelsea gave me permission," said De Bruyne. "That's why I'm very happy that this transfer has been completed. Klaus Allofs and Dieter Hecking are building a very good team at VfL with a lot of potential. I want to play my part, make sure we continue to be successful, and return to the international stage."

"Kevin is a player with exceptional qualities," added Wolves' coach Dieter Hecking. "I am very happy he's decided to come to Wolfsburg. I had a very good feeling after our first talk with him. He is convinced by our ambition."

Bundesliga return

De Bruyne displayed his talent on a weekly basis for Bremen last season, making 33 appearances and scoring 10 goals, including one against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 33 of the 2012/13 season that kept Bremen in the division.

The 22-year-old was signed by Chelsea from KRC Genk in January 2012 and loaned back to the Belgian club for the remainder of the 2011/12 campaign, before moving to the Weserstadion.