Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Kevin de Bruyne: I only spoke to Jose Mourinho twice at Chelsea

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Kevin De Bruyne's path to becoming one of the best footballers in the world could have been so different if it wasn't for the stubbornness of Jose Mourinho.

"There was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho", the 27-year-old Belgium global wrote in The Players' Tribune.

"But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice". We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan. 'So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great. The next season, Chelsea agreed to loan him to Werder Bremen in Germany before he was eventually told by Jose Mourinho that he would feature at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

With a bit more good luck with injuries this season De Bruyne could have been joining him on that list. "Zero goals. Ten recoveries".

Capped 68 times by the Red Devils, De Bruyne said he was taken aback by what was happening in the manager's office.

"Sitting and watching a match from the stands is basically worse than torture for me". Then he started reading the stats of the other attacking forwards - Willian, Oscar, (Juan) Mata, (André) Schürrle.

A key cog in Pep Guardiola's side, De Bruyne now has 40 goals and 62 assists in a City shirt with Chelsea now left to rue an expensive mistake in letting him leave.

The pair combined to score Man City's first goal in their 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday, De Bruyne playing a flawless pass and Sterling finishing well.

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José was just kind of waiting for me to say something, and finally I said, 'But ... some of these guys have played 15, 20 games.

"Before I came to Manchester City, I didn't really know what to make of this Raheem Sterling guy", the Belgium midfielder wrote in a piece in The Players' Tribune. I thought he was going to be a very different character. It was so odd. I was completely honest.

"Whether or not we achieve the impossible, this wave we've been on - it should be appreciated by anyone who truly loves football, I think", De Bruyne said. I want to play football.

"Then he said, 'So what did you think I'd be like?'"

That January, he was sold to Wolfsburg for £18 million.

At the weekend Manchester City returned to winning ways again as they beat Crystal Palace 3:1 away from home in the Premier League.

"I really got to know Raheem, and I recognised what a smart and genuine person he is. Now I'm doing well and you want me back?'" De Bruyne said.

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