Kevin De Bruyne explains why he failed at Chelsea before succeeding at Wolfsburg and Manchester City
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admits that his life at Chelsea could have been better had he signed with the Blues in a big money move. The Belgian signed for Chelsea from Genk for £7 million in 2012 and never really established himself in the team due to a lack of opportunities. However, he left the club for Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in 2014 and reaped success there, eventually signing for City for a whopping £55m at the start of the 2015/16 season.
The 24-year-old has quickly established himself in City’s first team this season and admits that his big money move has helped him get more games under his belt and has wasted no time in making a name for himself.
“It makes a huge difference [whether a club paid a lot of money for you],” he said. “I would have played more at Chelsea had they paid as much for me as City did. That's the way things work in this business.”
Man City are more united than Chelsea squad: De Bruyne
De Bruyne also said that he relished coming back to the Premier League and that he enjoys playing for the club. The Belgian already has 10 goals and 8 assists in all competitions for City since September.
“Everything has gone really well for me. It normally takes a bit of time to adapt to your new surroundings but I immediately got to play a lot due to injuries and that sped things up a bit," he explained.
“It's great to play for an attacking team like City. It gives me more space. If I didn't play well at Wolfsburg, the team struggled as well. That's not the case here at City.
“We have a lot of stars but everyone acts normal. There are no groups within the team, we all get along very well. It's hard to compare this group to that of Chelsea. Maybe we are more united.”
Premier league title is our main objective: De Bruyne
The Belgian has made it clear that he wants to win the league with City and believes that Champions League success can wait for now. De Bruyne won the league title in Belgium with Genk and hopes to win his first EPL medal in 2015/16.
“The Premier League title is one of our main objectives. Most of my team-mates have already won the league before with City but not me,” De Bruyne remarked.
“The Champions League is something else. Anything can happen there. The Premier League title is the result of consistent performances.”