April 19, 2019

De Bruyne: I only spoke to Mourinho twice

15 April 2019, 09:56 | Anna Jefferson

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"When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho", De Bruyne wrote for The Players' Tribune.

De Bruyne, now at Manchester City, made only three Premier League appearances in two years at Chelsea, spending a season on loan at Werder Bremen.

Though De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg the next month, he insists he has no problem with the way his career at the London club came to an end.

"With De Bruyne, if you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision", said Mourinho.

"And I literally said to him, 'No, no, no". 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". I'm in his plans'.

The Belgium worldwide started the first two games of the 2013-14 season under Mourinho but was soon dropped to the bench. He had some papers in front of him, and he said, 'One assist.

De Bruyne, then a 20-year-old, found himself competing with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Brazilian worldwide Oscar for a spot in the attacking triumvirate behind the striker in Mourinho's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. And it's like - five goals, 10 assists, whatever.

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

"It was so unusual". And Mata was also out of favor at the time, so José said, 'Well, you know, if Mata leaves, then you will be the fifth choice instead of sixth.' I was completely honest. "I want you to be part of this team". But then Mourinho texted me, "You are staying". However, De Bruyne is not a normal player and these stats stand in pale comparison to last years where he played 52 games, scored 12 goals and assisted a further 21.

As a 14-year-old, he joined Genk's academy, moving away from his family across Belgium.

A pal told him he should message Michele, with Kevin initially pessimistic she would even respond. Palace's home record is however not exactly impressive in the top-flight this season as they have won just four times from 16 games at Selhurst Park. "They came here with a fully-fit squad and they paid us the respect of putting a very strong team out". I thought you were going to be really distant and shy.

City briefly took top spot on Sunday afternoon following a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, until the Reds went back to the summit by beating Chelsea.

"It's amusing to see the change in how people treat you in football when you're doing well". I really got to know Raheem, and I recognized what a smart and genuine person he is. So I said, 'No.

From there, De Bruyne has never looked back.

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