Thomas Tuchel believes Kevin De Bruyne needed to leave Chelsea to grow but insists that Kai Havertz or Timo Werner will not need similar departures.
The Belgian midfielder was sold toWolfsburg
in January 2014 for £18million. After 18 months, He was signed byManchester City
for £50million and has gone from strength to strength.
The German coach is happy that
reached his potential after a move but insists that the same thing does not need to happen for
"I don't know; I wasn't there. I can just say that you can get caught up in the thoughts that it was a big mistake to let him go, but you never know. You don't know what would have happened if he would not have changed the club back to Germany from Chelsea and then back to England after that,"
Tuchel told reporters
"Maybe he needed it at the time. A different league, a different challenge to be at his best level that he has maybe ever reached to be so influential at City and even be the captain for an amazing and such a successful team.
"You don't know; maybe it was for the best for him. Maybe he would have done the same route had he stayed and forced his way in here. It is hard to tell, hard to tell but what I can tell you is that this league here, because you draw a comparison to Timo and Kai's situation, the league here makes you either do it or don't do it.
"This league is the best here to challenge every player and coach at the highest level in football. You have two possibilities, you step up or you don't. If you don't, you don't make it in this league and that's why I am very happy that Timo and Kai both stepped out of their comfort zone and took this adventure, this huge challenge, come to England, go abroad in the hardest league and go to a club with a real winning mentality.