Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has unraveled the mystery surrounding Kevin De Bruyne’s departure from Chelsea in 2014, stating that he had no hand in the players exit from the club.
Mourinho has cleared the air as regard Kevin De Bruyne’s €18m move to Wolfsburg seven years ago insisting that the player’s impatience to fight for his place in Chelsea triggered his move away from Stamford Bridge.
During his 2 years spell with the Blues, the Belgian midfielder managed only nine appearances all of which was under the tenure of Jose Mourinho and the coach has now lifted the lid on how Kevin De Bruyne departed the London club, saying that it was rather the 29-year-old’s decision to secure a move away from Chelsea.
The Manchester City man who has now gone on to become one of the best attackers in the world of football has won among other trophies; three Premier League, the FA Cup for the Citizens in addition to winning the Player of the Year Award for two consecutive time. The transition in the man who managed nine games in two seasons to become a frontrunner in the craft has generated wide criticism over his sale from Chelsea with critic holding Jose Mourinho responsible for Chelsea’s loss of a phenomenal player.
The now AS Roma manager, speaking to TalkSport vindicated himself from the accusation of forcing De Bruyne out of Chelsea in the following words:
“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,” Mourinho said.
“In the second match we got to Old Trafford and after this he come 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.”
The Portuguese manager concreted his stand when he said that the Belgian star was in haste to establish himself as a top class player and could not wait for his time at Stamford Bridge.
“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 was already there,” he continued.
“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.”