Mourinho: It was Kevin De Bruyne’s decision to leave Chelsea not mine

Tue 22 June 2021 | 13:45

Jose Mourinho claimed that he never wanted to let Kevin De Bruyne leave Chelsea.

In January 2014,

Kevin De Bruyne

moved to Wolfsburg from Chelsea on an £18-million deal, having previously impressing in Germany during a loan spell at Werder Bremen in 2012.

He then in August 2015 joined

Manchester City

and has gone to become a Premier League champion, two-time PFA Player of the Year, and one of the finest talents in world football.

Jose Mourinho

has faced plenty of criticism for letting De Bruyne go during his time at Chelsea, but he has claimed that he never wanted to sell De Bruyne.

Mourinho, who faced accusations of having little faith in players of promise, told



"He impressed me so much I made the decision I don't want this kid to go on loan, I want him to stay, and in our first match of the Premier League season he started against Hull City.

"In the second match we got to Old Trafford and after this, he came to me and said, 'I want to play every match, I want to play every minute'. He put a lot of pressure on that.

"He wanted to leave, he wanted to go to Germany where he was previously on loan and so happy, and his decision was to go. He put big pressure on that and it worked very well for him.

"The story is there and the quality of the player is absolute, he is top five in the world."

Mourinho added, with De Bruyne making only nine appearances for Chelsea:

"When he was supposed to leave on loan and I made the decision for him to stay, I saw those qualities. He did not have the experience and maturity he has now, but his feet and his vision were already there.

"He knew very well what he wanted and he was not ready to have that season at Chelsea where a lot of good players were in the same team, he didn't have the patience.

"He was not ready for that, he was coming from a season in Germany where he was playing every minute of every match.

"Sometimes us coaches make mistakes, but that was not the case. I saw he had the potential to do it, but he just knew perfectly well what he wanted."

De Bruyne is not the source of frustration for Chelsea. Mohamed Salah is another example who is a fan favorite at Liverpool but got few opportunities to earn a similar standing at Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku was also forced to look elsewhere for opportunities to become one of the best number nines in the world.

source: SportMob