Kevin De Bruyne admitted that he felt his time at Chelsea was done after being asked to participate in a Carabao Cup fixture against Swindon Town. In 2012 De Bruyne joined Chelsea football club but after failing to make an impact at Stamford Bridge he was famously sold two years later by Jose Mourinho.
However, the Belgian had the last laugh after immediately blossoming into one of the world’s top playmakers. De Bruyne admitted that before being moved to Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014 he was considering a move to Borussia Dortmund.
He told Play Sports’ MIDMID podcast. “I had a good feeling about that and I always try to make decisions based on feelings. Eventually, I did play for Chelsea, but only in the cup at Swindon. That was really dramatic. I hadn’t played for a month and then you have to play against a League Two side. At that point, it was done.”
“I never went to Jose Mourinho. I trained hard, I showed enough, but it’s a myth in football that if you train well, you get chances. That’s just not true. I let it hang for a while because I didn’t see a chance to play anymore, but then I learned to behave differently sometimes, and that you can get out of such a situation. At the time, I didn’t see that. I just wanted to leave.”
Despite his rocky relationship with Mourinho, De Bruyne insisted that he has nothing against the boss. “I don’t hate Mourinho,” he stressed. “I’m not a little kid. Things just didn’t click at that time.”