Mourinho Prevented De Bruyne From Joining Forces With Klopp

Pep Guardiola speaks to the press

Pep Guardiola speaks to the press

Kevin De Bruyne's travails at Chelsea are well documented. I only had a few thousand followers at the time, because I was still on loan at Werder Bremen. So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great.

City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday to temporarily go back to the top, though Liverpool's 2-0 win over Chelsea saw them regain their two point lead at the division's summit.

Klopp wanted me to come to Borussia Dortmund, and they played the kind of football that I enjoy. So I thought maybe Chelsea would let me go'. You threw me in the garbage.

"Of course, when you read this stuff about yourself, you think, 'Me?" Eventually off-loaded to Wolfsburg, the player has revealed the "life-changing" discussion with Jose Mourinho which prompted his exit.

But he would soon follow a familiar path of feeling ostracised and opportunities severely limited and Mourinho called him into his office in the December of that year.

"There was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho", the 27-year-old Belgium worldwide wrote in The Players' Tribune. "He was an upset kid, his training very bad".

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Ten goals and 10 assists for Bremen after 34 matches had seen his stock rise, particularly in the Bundesliga, and despite returning to Chelsea, there was interest in him making a return to Germany if chances under Mourinho were to be limited. It takes me a really long time to open up to people. Then he started reading the stats of the other attacking forwards - Willian, Oscar, Mata, Schürrle.

A key cog in Pep Guardiola's side, De Bruyne now has 40 goals and 62 assists in a City shirt with Chelsea now left to rue an expensive mistake in letting him leave. But over time, I got closer to Raheem, because our sons were born around the same time, so they would always play together.

It was so odd. We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan.

"I said, 'Honestly? I thought you were going to be really arrogant!'"

"Whether or not we achieve the impossible, this wave we've been on - it should be appreciated by anyone who truly loves football, I think", De Bruyne said. I'm supposed to be this big footballer, and I didn't even have the heart to slide into my future wife's DMs!

"This is such an embarrassing story that I hesitate to tell it, But since I promised you honesty, then I guess I have to".

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