Reports confirmed that Chelsea board ignored Mourinho to sanction an £18 million for former wideman, Kevin De Bruyne. Contrary to belief that the Portuguese was instrumental in the eventual departure of the Belgium international after a loan time away from the club. Journalist Paul Hayward confirmed the true claims via a tweet,
“Mourinho advised his board: “Do not sell this guy.” Player felt he wouldn’t get a proper chance and pushed for a move.”
De Bruyne is currently with bitter rivals, Manchester City after arriving in Summer for £55 million, and has already become a stellar part of the squad, scoring 3 goals in 6 appearances and creating 15 chances thus far. With Chelsea struggling with form despite the arrival of Pedro over the Summer, the club would have no doubt wished they didn’t allow Bruyne leave as his performances since his time at Wolfsburg has continued to show Chelsea how much they are missing out. The 24 year-old single-handedly put the Noisy Neighbors in a safe spot for qualifications to the next round of the Champions League after scoring the winning goal of the match in the closing stages in the 2 – 1 victory over Sevilla.
His exploits on the Bundesliga scene were the attracting factor for his services as a lot of top elite clubs lined up for his services in the Summer transfer window before the high-spending City eventually pipped them all out to secure his signature. De Bruyne’s time at Wolfsburg saw him create 20 assists in last season – the highest from any player in Europe’s top Leagues. He played a big part in contributing to their Champions League qualifications this season. The Belgian winger will no doubt be looked upon by City to help them reclaim the EPL title after his former club snatched it away last season.