Former Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne has opened up about the possibility of a return to the Premier League, whilst also hitting out at Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho let the Belgian join Wolfsburg in January 2014 for just over £15m and has seen De Bruyne excel in the Bundesliga, grabbing the most assists in Europe’s top leagues and more than doubling his transfer value to around £40m.
De Bruyne is now linked with high-profile clubs across Europe, including Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, and is keeping his options open for the summer, as he said:
“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.”
“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 (£15.2m). Everyone was happy.”
“We will discuss my future, the club and me, once the season is finished. I have not caused any problems. I am going to take my time.”
“But the squad really has to be reinforced because it will be harder next season to play both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.”
“If I leave, I have no preference where I go. In my head, it is 95 % I won’t go to Russia or Italy. It is not my style of play.”
“But England, Spain, France or the Bundesliga, yes. They are the best leagues. They are some very good teams. That appeals to me.”