Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional football player. De Bruyne was born in Drongen, Belgium on June 28th, 1991 and he started his career at KVV Drongen. However, the winger was only 8 years old when he moved to the youth academy of Gent where he spent 6 years of his development.
He then moved once again to the youth ranks of another Belgian club, Genk, where he eventually started his senior career when he made his debut in 2008. He managed to win a domestic title with Genk in 2011 as a regular member of the first team before moving to Chelsea in 2012.
His stint at Chelsea wasn’t as successful since he rarely played and spent most of his time on loans – first back at Genk and then at Werder Bremen. In 2014, he was sold to another German club Wolfsburg where he established himself as one of the premier players in the Bundesliga and won the German Cup with the club.
Finally, he made transfer news when he joined Manchester City in 2015 and he is still with the club. During his five years with the Citizens, he won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup title, as well as four League Cups.
De Bryne made his international debut for Belgium in 2010, earning 78 caps in the meantime. He helped his team reach quarter-finals of 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro Cup. The best result came at the 2018 World Cup in Russia where Belgium beat England in the third-place play-off.
Some of his most prestigious individual accomplishments include the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season awards won in 2020, Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2014 and being named to the 2018 World Cup Dream Team.
Kevin De Bruyne Transfers and Rumours
- 1999: KVV Drongen to Gent – Free Transfer
- 2005: Gent to Genk – Free Transfer
- 2012: Genk to Chelsea – £7.2 million
- 2013: Chelsea to Wolfsburg – £18 million
- 2015: Wolfsburg to Manchester City – £55 million
After spending his formative years in three different clubs in Belgium, De Bruyne finally made his senior debut while at Genk. He spent three successful years with the senior team before being sold to Chelsea in 2012 for a fee of £7.2 million.
De Bruyne never got a real chance in London, playing sporadically before being sent to loan to Werder. After a year on loan, transfer rumours and gossip around him intensified, with a good cause. In 2013, he was bought by Wolfsburg for a fee of £18 million.
This turned out to be a good investment for the German club since the Belgian proved his quality in Bundesliga and football whispers around him started to liven up again. He was one of the main transfer targets for many clubs but it seemed that Manchester City was the most determined among them.
In 2015, he joined the Citizens for a club-record fee of £55 million. De Bruyne remains at Manchester to this day and the transfer odds for him moving elsewhere in the near future are pretty high.