Former Chelsea player Kevin de Bruyne has opened up on his time at Chelsea and the pathway that ultimately led him to be sold by the club to Wolfsburg for £18 million.
 
The midfielder, now at rivals Manchester City has revealed, via the Players’ Tribune, that his talks with then manager Jose Mourinho were respectful and not in any way negative, but instead a realisation that both player and club needed to separate at that point in time.
 
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 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 said, ‘I feel like the club doesn’t really want me here. I want to play football. I’d rather you sell me’.”
 
With only nine Chelsea appearances under his belt and one assist, the Belgian would go on to Wolfsburg and score 20 and assist 37, in 73 appearances for the German side.

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