They are the sentiments of Bayer Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser who feels that the Belgian, who has been on a season-long loan with Werder Bremen, could be loaned out again next season.
"He still has a few talks to hold with Chelsea," Holzhauser told Kicker magazine.
"It looks like there is an offer from Dortmund to sign the player for a relatively high fee.
"According to our information, Chelsea don't want to sell him but just loan him out."
Leverkusen haven't discussed anything with de Bruyne yet but Holzhauser suggested the club would "find out if he actually wants to come to us and, if so, on what conditions."