- Kevin De Bruyne has revealed why he could not complete a switch to Borussia Dortmund when Jurgen Klopp came calling
- Jurgen Klopp was keen on landing the Belgium star but Jose Mourinho convinced him to remain at Chelsea
- De Bruyne finally left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in 2014 and returned a year later to claim the EPL title with Man City
Kevin De Bruyne has taken time out of Man City’s quadruple race to open up on his stay at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
According to the Mirror, De Bruyne hinted that Jurgen Klopp, who was Borussia Dortmund boss at the time wanted to sign the Belgian while on loan at Werder Bremen in 2012.
The midfielder revealed he was ready to make the switch to Dortmund as he is a big fan of Klopp’s brand of football.
However, after holding talks with Chelsea boss at the time Mourinho, the switch never saw the light of the day.
"When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho. But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice," De Bruyne as quoted as writing in The Players' Tribune.
"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.
"When I came back to Chelsea the next summer, a few German clubs wanted to sign me. 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.' So I thought, ' OK, great. I'm in his plans,” noted De Bruyne, who was looking forward to finally play an important role in Mourinho’s first team at Chelsea.
However, after starting the first four matches of the campaign, De Bruyne returned to the substitute bench without no word from the Portuguese.
And after holding talks with Mourinho in his office, De Bruyne opted to quit to Chelsea, to enable him play more regularly in another club.
Eventually, De Bruyne completed a switch to Wolfsburg in 2014 and with his game improving after each match, he returned to the English topflight a year later to win the title with the Citizens.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pep Guardiola has told Man City squad members how many points they need to guarantee a defence of the Premier League silverware.
According to the Mirror, Guardiola opted to watch Tigers Woods on the bus after City breeze past Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park, instead of Liverpool game against Chelsea.
But he remains positive the title was still in City's hands to lose.
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