Chelsea news: Jose Mourinho didn't want to sell Kevin De Bruyne at Stamford Bridge
Kevin De Bruyne left Chelsea in 2014 after a disagreement with Jose Mourinho and it has emerged that the former Blues manager didn’t want to sell the hot prospect who is now a star performer at Premier League rivals Manchester City. Rob Beasley has revealed all on the transfer saga in his new book Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal.
Chelsea signed De Bruyne in January 2012 for £7m from Genk. But despite the Belgian’s talent, he was allowed little game time which created a conflict of interest. Eventually, De Bruyne left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in 2014 and Rob Beasley writes that it Mourinho’s wasn’t actually keen to sell the player but it was the player’s decision himself to leave the club.
Beasley wrote: “Jose was a fan of De Bruyne’s talents if not his attitude and didn’t want to sell; it was the young Belgian who wanted to get away.”
“The 22-year-old winger was unable to cope with his lack of game time even though it was his first season under Mourinho.”
De Bruyne spoke out earlier this year on his Stamford Bridge hell and life under the Special One. After a £55 million transfer to Manchester City in 2015, the Belgian has been in scintillating form. Before the Manchester derby in the EFL Cup, Kevin De Bruyne himself revealed that there is no beef between him and Mourinho. However, he also didn’t deny him being upset due to the unfair treatment that he received from the manager at Chelsea.
He said: “Mourinho called in all the attacking midfielders.”
“He showed us the stats of his six players - assists, goals, passing percentage, key passes, dribbles. He wanted to prove I didn't perform on the level of the others.”
"I simply answered him: 'Sorry, that's not logical. I've played less games than the others. How can you compare me to the others?' That was just not fair in my eyes.”
"There was talk that I didn't train too much, stories I couldn't defend myself against as the sessions were always behind closed doors.”
Kevin De Bruyne has proved to be one of the key players at Manchester City after continuing his form this season. In Premier League, De Bruyne shows how much the team relies on him and his stats are evidence to such theory.
In 9 appearances, De Bruyne has two goals and seven assists already to his name. With such an impact, whether Mourinho sold him or not, Kevin De Bruyne surely is proving a point.
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