Since transferring from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in 2015, the Belgian midfielder has excelled for the club.
Before Kevin De Bruyne departed Stamford Bridge for Manchester City, a former scout for Chelsea has explained that Jose Mourinho was unwilling to promise the now-Manchester City star playing time.
De Bruyne has been a cut above the rest of the Premier League’s midfielders ever since moving from Wolfsburg in 2015. Erling Haaland has been leading the attack in front of him while he has once again been in superb form for the Blues this season.
In all competitions, De Bruyne has now contributed an amazing 13 assists for City. If he had stayed at Chelsea, his career might have taken a totally different turn.
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The midfielder only made nine appearances for City’s Premier League rivals while playing for Chelsea, and he was even loaned out to Werder Bremen. It didn’t take City long to realize his potential once he was eventually sold to Wolfsburg, and they snatched him up in 2015.
Former Chelsea scout Piet de Visser has revealed that, looking back on De Bruyne’s time with Mourinho’s team, he was disappointed by the Portuguese coach’s treatment of the Belgian player. He admitted to having a battle at Chelsea to VoetbalNieuws.
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“I thought he (De Bruyne) was the best in the world at a young age. Chelsea had a top coach in
“He only called on experienced players. He thought De Bruyne was too young and said, ‘We can’t use yet’.
“He comes back (from the Werder Bremen loan) and Mourinho says, ‘He’s playing well, but I can’t guarantee him a permanent place’. I stood there and I got furious with Mourinho.
“I said, ‘He’s your best man. Give him the chances. You don’t always have to play him’.”