Joe Mourinho has opened up on Chelsea’s decision to sell Kevin De Bruyne during his second managerial spell at Chelsea. Having signed from Genk in 2012, the Belgian made just nine appearances for Chelsea before joining Wolfsburg, and then eventually Manchester City.
De Bruyne has won three Premier League titles, five EFL Cups and the FA Cup with Manchester City after joining them in 2015 for a then club record fee of £55m. Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said “Kevin is an amazing player, in this moment he is one of the best players in the world, no doubt about it. My story with Kevin was fun, and in the end it worked very well for him of course.”
“I arrived in my second spell at Chelsea and we go to Asia to play some matches and train, and Kevin was supposed to come with us and then leave on loan after the tour.”
“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 go to Old Trafford [and didn’t play].”
“After this he came to me and said, “I want to play every match, I want to play every minute” and the kid that was supposed to go on loan was not even happy to stay and to grow up in there.”
“So he put a lot of pressure to leave, he wanted to go to Germany where he was previously on loan and was so happy developing in the Bundesliga, and his decision was to go. He put huge pressure on that and it worked very well for him. In the end Chelsea sold him and the story is there.”
“The quality of the player is absolutely amazing, he is in the top five in the world, and 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 was not an easy kid, in the sense it was not so easy to communicate with him, he was very clear and it was very difficult to change [his mind].”