Former Chelsea player Kevin de Bruyne has slammed Jose Mourinho, saying ‘The Special One’ forced him out of Stamford Bridge after accusing the Belgian of having poor training standards.
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The Wolfsburg star made just nine appearances under Mourinho at Chelsea before being shipped out to Wolfsburg in January 2014.
De Bruyne has been superb since joining Wolfsburg, scoring 15 goals and creating a remarkable 20 assists in his 45 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.
His form in the Bundesliga is believed to have attracted the interest of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, but he remains baffled as to why Mourinho cut him loose.
“I still don’t understand why Jose Mourinho let me leave. I never discussed it with him. I started to play and then it was finished,” De Bruyne is quoted as saying by Daily Star.
“After four months, I asked him to leave. I didn’t want to stay at a club where I wasn’t even playing for 10 minutes. He said it was my attitude in training? It is an excuse he can use.
“But no-one can say that as they haven’t seen me train. I don’t think that in Belgium or in the Bundesliga they have complained about this.
“That is the way it is. I am not angry. When I was transferred to Wolfsburg, Chelsea got their money. Everyone was happy.”
The former Werder Bremen star would be a much-welcomed addition to any Premier League side, however United boss Louis van Gaal is said to be most keen on the 23-year-old.
United will have to dig deeps into its coffers however, with the creative midfielder believed to be rated at £58m.