Jose Mourinho has insisted that he did not want Kevin de Bruyne to leave Chelsea back in 2014, when the midfielder completed a move to Wolfsburg one year before joining Manchester City.
De Bruyne made the move to Chelsea in 2012 from Belgian side Genk, but he struggled for game time under Mourinho, making a total of nine appearances in all competitions.
As a result of his lack of minutes, De Bruyne ended up leaving for Wolfsburg and, after some impressive displays in the Bundesliga, he returned to the Premier League with City.
Since making the move to the Etihad, De Bruyne has become one of the best players in the world, helping City win a total of 10 trophies across six years.
Speaking to Bild in 2015, De Bruyne said of his Chelsea exit: "I trained well. Jose Mourinho never explained why I was rarely allowed to play.
"Maybe it would have all gone differently if Chelsea had paid €45m for me instead of €8m to Genk back in 2012. I would have had a different standing, and got more chances."
However, Mourinho has now given has take on De Bruyne's time at Chelsea, telling talkSPORT : "My story with Kevin was fun. It worked well in the end for him.
"I arrived at Chelsea in my second spell and we go to Asia to play some matches and to train. Kevin was supposed to come with us in another group of players who would leave on loan after Asia.
"He impressed me so much that I made the decision; 'I don't want this kid to go out on loan, I want this kid to stay'.
"First match of season we played at home against Hull and he started the first match of the Premier League.
"Second match we go to Old Trafford and after this, he came to me and said 'I want to play every match, I want to play every minute'.
"He was supposed to go on loan and he wasn't happy to stay and grow up there. He by himself put a lot of pressure to leave. He wanted to go Germany where he was previously on loan and so happy in the Bundesliga.
"This decision was to go and he put huge pressure on that which worked very well for him and Chelsea sold him in the end. The quality of the player is amazing now. He's top 5 in the world."
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When asked if De Bruyne's potential was clear to see when he was at Chelsea, Mourinho added: "Look when he was supposed to go on loan and I made the decision for him to stay, I saw qualities that he has now.
"Of course different levels of maturity and efficiency. The vision was already there. Not an easy kid, in the sense not so easy to go inside of him and to communicate.
"A kid with everything clear and very difficult to change that. He knew very well what he wanted. And he was not ready to have that season at Chelsea where lots of good players were in the same team.
"He didn't have that patience to work, to play, to not play, to be on the bench. He was not ready for that. He was coming from a season where he basically played every minute.
"He was not so happy to accept a situation like that at Chelsea. Sometimes we coaches we make mistakes and we don't consider that this player has the potential in the future.
"But this was not the case. I saw the potential to do it – but he was just very clear on his mind and he knew perfectly what he wanted."
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