Kevin De Bruyne insists he didn’t ‘hate’ Jose Mourinho despite tough Chelsea spell


Kevin De Bruyne reveals he ‘wanted to leave Chelsea for Borussia Dortmund’ and insists he didn’t ‘hate’ then manager Jose Mourinho despite his failed spell at Stamford Bridge

  • Kevin De Bruyne played for Jose Mourinho during his short stint at Chelsea
  • The Belgian struggled for game-time and was sold to VfL Wolfsburg in 2014 
  • Since then he has gone on to become one of the best players in his position 
  • De Bruyne has admitted he had hoped originally to join Borussia Dortmund
  • Despite not getting game-time under Mourinho he says he doesn’t ‘hate’ him 


Kevin De Bruyne has insisted he doesn’t ‘hate’ Jose Mourinho despite his frustrating spell at Chelsea.

The Manchester City superstar played under the Portuguese manager during the 2013-14 season but only made three Premier League appearances. 

De Bruyne left Chelsea in January 2014 for £18m to join VfL Wolfsburg, though he has admitted he had another destination in mind.

Kevin De Bruyne struggled for game-time during his short stint at Chelsea from 2012-2014

As quoted by Het Nieuwsblad, De Bruyne said: ‘They [Chelsea] really wanted to keep me and give me a chance but I actually wanted to go to Dortmund.

‘I had a good feeling about that – and I always decide by feeling. I did play a bit at Chelsea, but away at Swindon in the cup… that was really dramatic.

‘I hadn’t played for a month and then you have to play against a League 2 club like that. After that, it was over.’

De Bruyne has insisted he didn't 'hate' then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for his struggles

De Bruyne has insisted he didn’t ‘hate’ then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for his struggles

The match against Swindon in which De Bruyne refers to was a Carabao Cup tie in September 2013.

It was a game where De Bruyne failed to impress Mourinho and rarely got a chance afterwards to show what he could do.

Discussing his relationship with Mourinho, the player added: ‘I never went to Jose Mourinho. I trained hard; I showed enough. But it’s a football myth that if you train well, you get chance.

De Bruyne has revealed he wished to leave Chelsea and join Borussia Dortmund

De Bruyne has revealed he wished to leave Chelsea and join Borussia Dortmund

De Bruyne instead joined VfL Wolfsburg where he impressed enough to attract the interest of Manchester City

De Bruyne instead joined VfL Wolfsburg where he impressed enough to attract the interest of Manchester City

‘That is not true. I left it hanging a bit because I didn’t see a chance to play anymore, but then I learned to behave differently sometimes.

 ‘And that you can get out of such a situation. But I didn’t see that then. I just wanted to leave. And I don’t hate Mourinho either, I’m not a little kid. It just didn’t work out then.’

Despite not getting a move to Dortmund, De Bruyne impressed at Wolfsburg helping them to a second place finish in the Bundesliga.

He returned to England with Manchester City in 2016 and has gone on to become one of the best midfielders in the world. 

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