By Sean Hayes

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has finally broken his silence on his time with Chelsea, insisting he doesn’t know why he was snubbed by Jose Mourinho during his spell in the capital.

The Belgian international has been the driving force behind Manchester City’s early season form, as they sit top of the Premier League after 10 games.

“I’ve no idea and I don’t care [why he never won over Mourinho],” he told Four Four Two Magazine.

“I waited four months, then I said to myself that I wanted to play football every week. I couldn’t get the game time I wanted, so leaving was the obvious choice.”

Despite a six-game winless blip the two-time champions of England have recovered with a comfortable 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, before an emphatic 3-1 triumph at home to Barcelona.

The Belgian star scored an impressive free-kick in that shock Champions League win, as they fought back from 1-0 down to overcome the Spanish giants.

Before his £55 million move to the Etihad Stadium he featured just three times in the league under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge before being forced out on loan to Werder Bremen.

A permanent switch to Germany with Wolfsburg led to a Bundesliga Player of the Year award and also earned the 25-year-old his move to City.

De Bruyne, who has been involved in scoring or assisting 23 league goals since the start of last campaign, insists that he doesn’t regret any of his choices so far in his career including his decision to join Chelsea.

“I wanted to start a new chapter – not be loaned out and come back to the exact same situation,” he continued.

“It was a really smart move on my part. 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; I didn’t; so I left.”

He is already being heavily tipped to win the PFA Player of the Year award this season, which must leave Chelsea fans wondering why they let a player of his talent slip through their fingers and into the hands of a rival club.


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