Chelsea sign De Bruyne from Genk and loan him straight back

Updated: Jan 31, 2012, 17:33 PM IST

Brussels: Premier league side Chelsea have signed Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from Belgian side Racing Genk on a five-and-a-half year deal.

The Belgian champions said on their website that the 20-year-old would stay with them on loan until June.

The bustling De Bruyne, who has played twice for Belgium, is Genk`s joint second highest scorer this season with 11 goals. He played twice against Chelsea in the Champions League group stage earlier this season.

Belgian media said Chelsea had paid 8 million euros (6.6 million pounds) . Chelsea were expected to officially comment on the deal later on Tuesday, the final day of the January transfer window.

Bureau Report