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VfL Wolfsburg's record signing, Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, is set to make his Bundesliga debut at home to Hanover 96 on Saturday, just a week after signing from Chelsea.

BERLIN: VfL Wolfsburg's record signing, Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, is set to make his Bundesliga debut at home to Hanover 96 on Saturday, just a week after signing from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old became Wolfsburg's most expensive player when he joined the 2009 German champions for 22 million euros (US$30m) last week and is under contract until 2019.

"I see no risk in throwing him straight in," said Wolfsburg's coach Dieter Hecking.

"We have already seen in few days with us what quality Kevin has. He is quick with the ball and strong in one-on-ones."

Hecking's only doubt is where to start the attacking midfielder or winger, who has already impressed in the Bundesliga after a loan spell at Werder Bremen where he produced some outstanding performances in a struggling team.

De Bruyne was a key part of Belgium's qualification for the 2014 World Cup, scoring four goals during their campaign as they booked their berth at their first major tournament in 12 years.

The Belgian will not be the only one making his debut at Wolfsburg on Saturday as new Hanover 96 coach Tayfun Korkut is set to take his bow having replaced Mirko Slomka during the winter break.

The 39-year-old is hoping to include Senegal striker Mame Diouf after he struggled with a leg injury in December.

Korkut was brought in over the winter break after Slomka was fired having won just one of their last ten league games and suffered nine straight away defeats to drop to 13th in the league.

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