Last night, Kevin De Bruyne played his last game for Genk. Against Anderlecht, he left the field after 10 minutes with a broken toe. He’s hoping to be fully recovered in four-five weeks. This is very bad news for Genk – who lost heavily without him – but should not impact his move to Chelsea. Here are some facts about the boy:Image by John ChapmanEarly days: Born on the outskirts of Gent, Kevin De Bruyne played for his local club KV Drongen before joining Gent at the age of eight. When he was 14, he moved to Racing Genk. He made his debut for Genk in the 2008-09 season.
Position: In the Genk youth teams, De Bruyne was usually employed just behind the main striker in a central position. On reaching the first team, he played on the left wing as there was no one else available for that position. In the last couple of months, De Bruyne has been moved to a central deep-lying position in front of the back four. He’s played alongside a truly defensive midfielder in a 4-4-1-1 formation.
Current form: De Bruyne has been involved in 17 of the 22 goals scored by Genk in the last 11 games.
Personal record: In 2010-11, De Bruyne scored five goals and had 16 assists. This season – now over for him – he has had 13 assists.
International experience: He’s just made two friendly appearances for Belgium, being replaced in both.
Awards: De Bruyne is one of the favourites for Players’ Player of the Year, along with the Anderlecht duo Matias Suarez and Dieumerci Mbokani.
Contract with Chelsea: After joining Chelsea for €8.5 million, he has returned to Genk on loan. In the summer, he will join Chelsea on their tour of the USA. After that, De Bruyne will almost certainly be loaned out, most likely to a Premier League club. However, there has been some interest from clubs in France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.
Injuries/illnesses: De Bruyne has had several problems since arriving in the first team but he’s far from being injury prone. He’s had a bout of glandular fever, a cracked fibula and two broken toes (on separate occasions).
Odd fact: It’s reported that the contract with Chelsea specifies that he cannot join Anderlecht (on loan).
What they say: “When Kevin arrives at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard can pack his bags.” (Johan Boskamp); “De Bruyne reminds me of Enzo Scifo” (AVB while at Chelsea);
What he says: “I talk to Lukaku and Courtois when we meet up for the national team but not always about football, we’re teenagers”.