Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne recently disclosed that Jose Mourinho blocked a move to work with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund during his Chelsea career.
De Bruyne is arguably one of the best midfielders in the Premier League despite a turbulent campaign at Stamford Bridge during Mourinho’s second tenure.
The Belgian star man was later shipped out on loan to Bremen in 2012/13 after a few cameo appearances for the Blues upon his return the following season, before being sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014.
Nonetheless, he feels it would have been a different ball game if the Portuguese boss didn’t play a part in the decision making about his exit.
“When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho,” De Bruyne told The Players’ Tribune.
“But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice. The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit.
“So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great.
“When I came back to Chelsea the next summer, a few German clubs wanted to sign me.
“[Jurgen] 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.
“But then Mourinho texted me: ‘You are staying. I want you to be part of this team.’”
By the time De Bruyne left the club permanently, he had made just nine senior appearances for Chelsea.