Born on 28 June 1991, Kevin became the third young Belgian talent to join Chelsea during the 2011/12 season, following on from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (on loan with Atletico Madrid) and striker Romelu Lukaku.
De Bruyne is a product of Racing Genk's academy, having signed as a 14-year-old after training with Gent, near his hometown of Drongen, from the age of 12.
He made his debut for Genk at the end of the 2008/09 season and by the next campaign was a regular in a side which finished in mid-table, contributing one goal, a winner against Standard Liege, in 24 outings.
The 2010/11 campaign was one of huge personal and team success, as De Bruyne made his national team debut in August 2010, albeit a 1-0 loss in Finland, before helping Genk to the league championship. Big clubs were alerted. During that season, the pacy left-winger contributed five goals and 16 assists in 22 games.
During the 2011/12 campaign, he faced Chelsea twice in the Champions League. Genk were beaten 5-0 at Stamford Bridge but earned a 1-1 draw in Belgium.
Having signed for Chelsea on transfer deadline day in January 2012, Kevin returned to Genk where he spent the rest of the season on loan playing regular first-team football. Genk failed to recapture the heights of the previous season, finishing a disappointing fifth, although De Bruyne scored eight goals in 22 appearances.
De Bruyne joined up with his new teammates for pre-season training ahead of the 2012/13 season, and was part of the squad for our two-week tour of America where he featured in matches against Seattle Sounders, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.
On our return from the US, the decision was taken to send De Bruyne on a season-long loan to German side Werder Bremen, in order to aid his development and secure regular first team football.
De Bruyne made his debut for the German side on the first day of the new season, playing the full 90 minutes as Bremen lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund.
The Belgian scored his first goal for Bremen in a 3-2 defeat against Hanover, following that up a few weeks later with the opener in a 2-2 draw against Stuttgart.
He was a virtual ever-present in the side over the course of the season and finished it in fine fettle with four goals in the last three games, taking the total to 10 in 34 plus 10 assists.
De Bruyne made his debut for Belgium during a 1-0 defeat to Finland in August 2010.