Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De BruyneReuters

Chelsea have announced that Belgium international midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has signed for Wolfsburg. The Blues confirmed the transfer of the 22-year-old to the German club on their official website.

"Kevin De Bruyne has today (Saturday) completed a move to Wolfsburg. The Belgian joins the Bundesliga club having made five starts for Chelsea, with a further four appearances as a substitute," said Chelsea's official website.

De Bruyne had made only nine appearances in all competitions for the west London club this season. He spent one-and-a-half seasons on loan after signing for the Blues from the Belgium club Genk in January 2012.

He spent the last season on loan in Germany with Werder Bremen, where he scored 10 goals and made nine assists in 33 Bundesliga appearances.

Wolfsburg have snapped up the 22-year-old on a five-and-a-half-year deal. De Bruyne has expressed his delight.

"It was clear from the start that Wolfsburg would be the first team I talk to if Chelsea gave me permission. That's why I'm very happy that this transfer has been completed," De Bruyne told Wolfsburg's official website.

"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," he said.

Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking has hailed De Bruyne's qualities and has expressed his joy at signing the Belgium midfielder.

"Kevin is a player with exceptional qualities. 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 of our ambition," Hecking said.