Leaving Chelsea was obvious choice and smart move – De Bruyne

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Kevin De Bruyne has said leaving Chelsea was “the obvious choice” and told FourFourTwo he neither knew nor cared why he had failed to convince Jose Mourinho of his worth.

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Chelsea signed De Bruyne from Genk for £6.7 million in January 2012, and Mourinho brought him into the first-team squad 18 months later after a season on loan at Werder Bremen.

But after making just nine appearances for Chelsea in the first half of the 2013-14 campaign, De Bruyne joined Wolfsburg in an £18m deal in January 2014.

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The Belgium international’s outstanding performances for them led Manchester City to spend £55m to bring him back to the Premier League last summer.

“I’ve no idea and I don’t care [why he never convinced Mourinho],” he said. “I waited four months, then I said to myself that wanted to play football every week.

“I couldn’t get the game time I wanted, so leaving was the obvious choice.

“I wanted to start a new chapter, not be loaned out and come back to the exact same situation. It was a really smart move on my part.

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“But of all the choices I have made in my career, I don’t regret one of them — even going to Chelsea. It didn’t work out. I wanted to play football and I didn’t, so I left.”

Since joining City, De Bruyne has established himself as one of the outstanding players in the Premier League, with the arrival of Pep Guardiola seeing the 25-year-old take his game to new heights.

“It’s his eye for detail that counts,” De Bruyne said. “When he speaks to me, we speak about everything.

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“He was a player himself so he’s very good at knowing the balance of when to joke and when to be serious.

“Before a game he’ll be really quiet: he does his meetings a couple of hours before the match, and then we are doing stuff on our own. By then, everybody knows what we need to do.”

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