Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko says Kevin de Bruyne should remain at Wolfsburg for at least one more season.
The former Chelsea forward is a target for the Citizens and Arsenal according to reports with Manchester City ready to offer £35m to secure the services of the 24-year-old.
But Dzeko says a premature return to the English Premier League could damage the progress of the Belgian.
"Top players like Kevin De Bruyne won't stay at Wolfsburg forever," Dzeko told Kicker.
"Everybody dreams of one day playing for a leading international club. It was the same with me after we won the league in 2009 - I had the desire to do something different.
"Kevin has an advantage. Through his time at Chelsea, he knows the Premier League and knows that it's completely different.
"A lot of players who excelled in other leagues have had problems here - take Angel Di Maria.
"I'm certain that [Kevin] has what it takes to play for one of the top clubs in Europe but he's also aware that at these clubs there are 20 top players who always want to be on the pitch.
"Maybe it would also help him if he plays in the Champions League with Wolfsburg this season and takes another step in his development there."