The midfielder discussed life at City ever since
Across the last era, Chelsea have been fortuitous enough to see some of the most colossal names in the footballing fraternity ply their skill set for them. Roman Abramovich’s dedication to crafting a worldclass squad and Chelsea’s growing stature have both worked in unison to lure worldclass footballers to the Premier League side.
However, the club has been guilty of letting slip of some sensational talent from its grasp as well. Despite producing some of the finest talent in its ranks, Chelsea under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho let go off names who have set the global stage alight ever since.
And one such fiasco which haunts the side till date is of Kevin de Bruyne. With the midfielder failing to get a real look in at Chelsea, he decided to switch to greener pastures.
The Belgium player has ever since gone onto become one of the most pristine names to have graced City’s ranks, a player who has spearheaded manifold league titles for the club. And Kevin has finally spoken up about his decision to leave Chelsea and how his career has unfurled ever since.
Kevin de Bruyne Talks About Reason For Leaving Chelsea
“I didn’t have any chances of playing at the time, It was for me the best decision to leave Chelsea.”
🗣 “I didn’t have any chances of playing at the time, It was for me the best decision to leave Chelsea.”
Kevin De Bruyne speaks about his journey from leaving to Chelsea to become the player he is today at Man City pic.twitter.com/Mh6vSXOekU
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 6, 2021
The Manchester City midfielder had earlier in 2020 as well spoken about his bumpy relationship with Mourinho.
“When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with José Mourinho,” the midfielder wrote in the Player’s Tribune. “But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice.
“The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit. So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great. When I came back to Chelsea the next summer, a few German clubs wanted to sign me.
“Klopp wanted me to come to Borussia Dortmund, and they played the kind of football that I enjoy. So I thought maybe Chelsea would let me go.
“But then Mourinho texted me, “You are staying. I want you to be part of this team.”
“So I thought, O.K., great. I’m in his plans.
“When I arrived for preseason, the vibe was good. I started two of the first four games of the season, and I thought I played O.K. Not brilliant, but pretty good. After the fourth game, that was it.
“I was on the bench, and I never really got a chance again. I didn’t get an explanation. I was just out of favour for some reason.”
He continued: “José called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me. He had some papers in front of him, and he said, “One assist. Zero goals. Ten recoveries.”
“It took me a minute to understand what he was doing.
“Then he started reading the stats of the other attacking forwards — Willian, Oscar, Mata, Schürrle. And it’s like — five goals, 10 assists, whatever.
“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. I’ve only played three. So it’s going to be different, no?”
“It was so strange. We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan. And Mata was also out of favour at the time, so José said, “Well, you know, if Mata leaves, then you will be the fifth choice instead of sixth.”