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Kevin De Bruyne says he has no problems with Jose Mourinho ahead of Manchester derby

570   //    26 Oct 2016, 17:57 IST
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 Kevin De Bruyne in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Barcelona and Manchester City

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne says he has no problems with Jose Mourinho after he was sold by the present Manchester United boss during his time at Chelsea. Mourinho felt De Bruyne wasn’t the right player to make it to his then-Chelsea first team and was sold to Wolfsburg. Since then, De Bruyne has come of age and has been incredible in European football with his success at Wolfsburg and emerging reputation at The Etihad.

"I have no problem with Jose," the Belgian told the Daily Mail. 

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Kevin De Bruyne answered to the much-sought clarification about the relationship between the player and the manager just before the Manchester derby in the EFL Cup tie. He revealed that he was tight-lipped earlier due to the situation back then, however, it seems De Bruyne has proved his critics, including Mourinho, wrong with his recent exploitation of the inherent talent. 

"I could not say anything before as I was not playing. If he says something to the press they are going to believe it because at that moment it was the only thing they had to listen to, the only evidence there was. But I do not think I am like he said. I always want to play. I have played hundreds of times in my career and I am only 25. So I think I have answered it quite well.“

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When asked about what made him feel he wasn’t wanted by Mourinho at Chelsea, De Bruyne cited his compatriot Eden Hazard’s example who is of the same age but was preferred in the side.

He continued, "I think Eden Hazard was the same age as me when he played so it is a little bit strange to say this guy is young and the other guy is old enough to play. It is just another way of saying that somebody is not good enough."

De Bruyne continued taking positives from his Chelsea axing and believes it only helped him become what he is today. He added, "In some ways it was a good experience. It is the only experience of not really playing and it gave me another aspect, to realise how to conduct yourself. I learned a lot about myself and I am happy with the decision I made to move on.

"I think Chelsea had a different view than I had of myself. I was young but also experienced. As far as I was concerned, I was ready to play. I have read that, for them at Chelsea, I was too young, but in my mind you are never too young. If you are ready you are ready.”

Manchester United face Manchester City in an exciting clash and De Bruyne will be hoping for another win for City in the derby.

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