Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne has revealed how Jose Mourinho triggered his departure from Chelsea.
The 29-year-old (born on 28 June 1991) Belgium international disclosed in a recent interview that he was criticized for lack of end product even with the little playing time he was afforded.
"There was so much in the press about my relationship with Mourinho. But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice", said De Bruyne. "The plan was always to go on loan for a bit.
"Jose called me into his office in December and it was probably the second big life changing moment for me.
"He had some papers in front of him, 'one assist, zero goals, ten recoveries'. It took me a minute to understand what he was doing.
" Then he started reading the stats of other attacking forwards like Willian, Oscar, Shurrle and Mata. It was like '5 goals, 10 assists' whatever.
"Jose was kind of waiting for me to say something, and finally I said 'but some of these guys have played 15, 20 games. I've only played three so it's going to be different, no?'
" It was so strange. I was completely honest. I said 'I feel like the club doesn't really want me here. I want to play football. I'd rather you sell me."
Many Chelsea fans regret the selling of Kevin De Bruyne till date.
He would go on to make the move to Wolfsburg where he impressed, breaking the Bundesliga record for assists and winning the DFB Pokal.
He joined Manchester City in the summer of and has been nothing short of world class ever since.