Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has revealed that Jose Mourinho prevented him to join Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea.
The Belgium international joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea and then went on to be named Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015. However, his career could have taken a different way had the Portuguese not blocked the player to join Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
“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.”
De Bruyne continued: “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’.”
He added: “I think Jose was a bit disappointed, but to be fair to him, I think he also understood that I absolutely needed to play. So the club ended up selling me, and there was no big problem at all. Chelsea got more than double the price they paid for me, and I got into a much better situation at Wolfsburg.”