Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has opened up on his failed spell with Chelsea, admitting that he lost patience with former manager Jose Mourinho.
After joining City in 2015 from German outfit VFL Wolfsburg, de Bruyne has established himself as the assist king of the Premier League. The Belgium international registered 16 assists in the Premier League last season and found the back of the net a further eight times. As a reward for his performances, he won the inaugural Premier League playmaker of the year award as well as the Manchester City Player of the year award, as Pep Guardiola’s men sailed to the league title in what was one of the most dominant displays in modern history.
Despite looking invincible at the moment, de Bruyne has experienced failure and frustration in the past as can be seen by looking back on his time at Chelsea, which did not go according to plan. de Bruyne arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012 as a highly rated young talent from Belgian club Genk. He remained with the Blues until the summer of 2014, at which point he was sold to Wolfsburg. It was at the mid-table Bundesliga outfit that he got an opportunity to express himself freely on the pitch and develop into a world-class talent.
de Bruyne has since spoken out about why he opted to leave Stamford Bridge. It seems that frustration with the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ was a major factor in his decision.
While speaking in the new Amazon documentary series “All or Nothing”, de Bruyne commented, as reported by Manchester Evening News: “I was only 20 years old when I decided to sign for Chelsea, and I got my chances in the first few games and I thought, okay, things are going well, I play okay, we won the games. But then one day it stopped. Knowing me, I had not a lot of patience at the time, I decided to go in January.”