Kevin de Bruyne has admitted he would be interested in a move to Borussia Dortmund, despite Bayer Leverkusen hoping to seal a deal for the Chelsea youngster.
De Bruyne signed for the Blues in January 2012, but the 21 year old has spent his time since on loan overseas, first at former club Genk and then at Werder Bremen where he has impressed this season.
Game time is clearly an issue for the Belgium international, and as he plans to return to Chelsea this summer there will be uncertainty over his future as a new manager comes into the fray.
Talk has been that De Bruyne may be part of a deal to go to Bayer Leverkusen so Andre Schurrle, a long term Chelsea target, can go the other way, but the youngster says he would also be interested in a move to Dortmund this summer.
"Dortmund? That would fit," he told Bild. "I follow the BVB. Especially in the Champions League they have, as the Bavarians have, made great achievements. Let's see what happens. "
While Leverkusen are currently third in the Bundesliga table, and look set to play Champions League football next season, Dortmund are in this season's final, and are likely to spend big this summer after Bayern Muniich invoked Mario Goetze's €37 million release clause.
But Levekusen haven't given up on landing De Bruyne, despite the star talking up one of their rivals, with manager Wolfgang Holzhauser telling the German paper: "We have spoken to De Bruyne. His attitude was very positive since. But in the end Chelsea FC and his new coach will decide [what happens]."
De Bruyne was a purchase by Andre Villas-Boas, who left Chelsea just a month after the 2012 January transfer window closed. Since then, there have been two managers at the west London club, and there will likely be another one by the time he returns in the summer.
De Bruyne will join up with the Belgium at the end of the season to play a friendly with the USA and a World Cup qualifier against Serbia. And he insists he is concentrating on this before any possible transfer to another club.
"I'm will be on the road after the season with the Belgian team," he said of his plans when the season finishes. "[But] it's possible that we know how it goes for me. "