Kevin De Bruyne reveals moment he knew Chelsea career was over as he opens up on Mourinho
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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has opened up on his frustrating Chelsea spell and has pinpointed the moment he knew it had ended. The now word-class midfielder was finding his feet in English football under Jose Mourinho but failed to become a regular player.
De Bruyne ended up making only nine appearances for the Blues before leaving in 2014 – only two years after signing from Genk. Just three of those matches came in the Premier League.
The Belgium international enjoyed a successful loan at Werder Bremen before joining Wolfsburg in a permanent transfer.
He developed into an elite midfielder and caught the attention of City in 2015, with a £50million transfer being completed.
De Bruyne has come a long way since that Chelsea spell. He has made 276 appearances for the Premier League champions, scored 70 goals and registered 108 assists.
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He has also won three Premier League titles, five League Cups and an FA Cup.
And the 30-year-old knew he had to move away from Chelsea when he was thrust into a League Cup match against Swindon Town in September 2013.
De Bruyne had not started a domestic fixture in just under a month and struggled in the 2-0 win, secured by goals from Ramires and Fernando Torres.
He was withdrawn after 78 minutes and has revealed that he was seeking an ultimately failed transfer to Borussia Dortmund.
“They [Chelsea] really wanted to keep me and give me a chance but I actually wanted to go to Dortmund,” De Bruyne told Het Nieusblad.
“I had a good feeling about that – and I always decide by feeling. I did play a bit at Chelsea, but away at Swindon in the cup… that was really dramatic.
“I hadn’t played for a month and then you have to play against a League 2 club like that. After that, it was over.”
Mourinho had just been appointed as Chelsea boss for the second time. De Bruyne was one of a couple of players who the Portuguese coach might regret not affording more game time to.
Mohamed Salah, now one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players, also struggled to feature under the legendary tactician at Chelsea before eventually leaving the club.
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De Bruyne, who has endured a tough season with injuries this term, was frustrated under Mourinho but insists he hold no ill-feelings towards the Portuguese boss despite claims he ‘hates’ him.
He added: “I never went to Jose Mourinho. I trained hard; I showed enough. But it’s a football myth that if you train well, you get chance.
“That is not true. I left it hanging a bit because I didn’t see a chance to play anymore, but then I learned to behave differently sometimes.
“And that you can get out of such a situation. But I didn’t see that then. I just wanted to leave. And I don’t hate Mourinho either, I’m not a little kid. It just didn’t work out then.”
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