De Bruyne reveals how Mourinho stopped him from working with Klopp

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.

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“So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Chelsea substitutes Kevin De Bruyne and Samuel Eto’o walk out onto the pitch clutching hot water bottles during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013, in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“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.


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