De Bruyne feels like a Blue

Belgian playmaker claims he is settling quickly in England

Kevin de Bruyne: Was signed by Chelsea in January, but only linked up with the squad this summer

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Kevin de Bruyne is confident he will settle quickly at Chelsea after linking up with the club on a permanent basis this summer.

The Belgium international was snapped up by the Blues in January, but was immediately loaned back to former employers Genk.

He saw out the remainder of the 2011/12 campaign in his homeland, during which time Roberto Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea boss and the club won the UEFA Champions League.

De Bruyne insists not too much has changed since his last visit to England, and believes the presence of a number of familiar faces will help him to slip seamlessly into the fold at Stamford Bridge.

"I know a couple of people here already so it's quite good for integration, I don't see there being any problems," the 21-year-old playmaker told the club's official website.

"I know Eden (Hazard) very well, and for a long time. I played with him for the national team and we are the same age so we played together when we were 18, 19.

"Marko Marin is also here and we are all young, so it makes it easier to get to know each other. We also play the same style of football which is good for us, and we will find our way together."


De Bruyne was unable to introduce himself to his new team-mates in January, as they were preparing for a game away at Swansea, but says he is already starting to feel at home in west London.

"For me the most important thing was just the signing," he said.

"I also had to leave quickly to get back to Belgium because I had games to be playing, and now I have met everyone it is good.

"Since I have been here for pre-season everything is fine, the club has taken very good care of me and has organised everything perfectly to make it easy.

"After I went back the club called me a couple of times. They changed the manager but I have spoken to people here and I know scouts have been watching in Belgium as well."