'I learned a lot about myself': De Bruyne breaks silence on Chelsea departure
Kevin De Bruyne believes he has proved Jose Mourinho wrong by emerging as a Premier League star at Manchester City.
The Belgian winger was sold by Mourinho during his time as Chelsea manager, amid claims from the Portuguese tactician that De Bruyne was “an upset kid” who was demanding first team football at Stamford Bridge.
Now De Bruyne has offered some clarity to those comments, as he suggested he has “no problem” with Mourinho in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“If he (Mourinho) says something to the press they are going to believe it because at that moment it was the only thing they had to listen to - the only evidence there was,” stated De Bruyne, who has been one of the stand-out performers in the Premier League this season.
“But I don’t think I am like he said. I always want to play. I have played hundreds of times in my career and I am only 25. So I think I have answered it quite well.
“At the time at Chelsea I had already many, many games under my belt. I didn’t feel I was like a normal 20-year-old because I had already played for years in Belgium and then on loan from Chelsea in Germany.
“I think they (Chelsea) had a different view than I had of myself. I was young but also experienced. If I had come through the youth then maybe I would be happy to play 10 games there.
“As far as I was concerned, I was ready to play. I have read that, for them at Chelsea, I was too young, but in my mind you are never too young. If you are ready you are ready.
“I think Eden Hazard was the same age as me when he played so it’s a little bit strange to say this guy is young and the other guy is old enough to play. It’s just another way of saying that somebody isn’t good enough.”
De Bruyne was man of the match when City beat United at Old Trafford in the Premier League last month but insists he has no desire for revenge over Mourinho.
“I have no problem with Jose. In some ways it was a good experience," he added.
"It’s the only experience of not really playing and it gave me another aspect, to realise how to conduct yourself.
“I learned a lot about myself and I am happy with the decision I made to move on.
“Everybody had a view of how I came out of Chelsea so, yes, it gives me satisfaction that people have changed their minds.”