Kevin De Bruyne has revealed details about his crucial meeting with Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)Kevin De Bruyne has revealed how Jose Mourinho attempted to belittle his performances during a meeting which led to the end of his Chelsea career.
Having impressed during a season-long loan spell at Werder Bremen, De Bruyne looked set to push for a first-team place at Chelsea after returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013.
De Bruyne was handed his Chelsea debut by Mourinho on the opening day of the Premier League season and the midfielder provided an assist in a 2-0 win over Hull City.
But the Belgium international was then overlooked by Mourinho for the majority of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures and made just nine first-team appearances in all competitions by December 17.
De Bruyne admits he was keen to leave Chelsea because of his lack of playing time but reveals how Mourinho attempted to negatively compare his statistics with the rest of his teammates.
‘Jose called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me,’ De Bruyne told The Players’ Tribune.
Jose Mourinho criticised De Bruyne’s statistics during a private meeting (Getty Images)More: Football
‘He had some papers in front of him, and he said, ‘One assist. Zero goals. Ten recoveries.’
‘It took me a minute to understand what he was doing.
‘Then he started reading the stats of the other attacking forwards – Willian, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle.
‘And it’s like – five goals, 10 assists, whatever.
‘Jose was just kind of waiting for me to say something, and finally I said, ‘But … some of these guys have played 15, 20 games. I’ve only played three. So it’s going to be different, no?’
De Bruyne made just nine first-team appearances for Chelsea (Getty Images)‘It was so strange. We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan. And Mata was also out of favor at the time, so Jose said, ‘Well, you know, if Mata leaves, then you will be the fifth choice instead of sixth.’
‘I was completely honest. I said, ‘I feel like the club doesn’t really want me here. I want to play football. I’d rather you sell me.’
‘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.’
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