Mourinho: I have no regrets about letting Kevin de Bruyne go
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has no regrets letting Kevin de Bruyne leave, stating he couldn’t cope in a competitive squad at Chelsea and also he did not have the right mentality for the utra-competitive mentality at the club.
De Bruyn had a difficult time at Chelsea, where he only played three Premier League games under Jose Mourinho before being sent to on loan to Genk then Werder Bremen where he enjoyed successful spells then eventually sold to Wolfsburg for £18m.
Wolfsburg look more likely to receive more than double of what they paid Chelsea from Manchester City before the start of the season, the winger has been one of the best players in the League last season in Bundesliga.
Jose Mourinho has revealed why he let him leave.
He said: ‘I wanted to keep him and he told me that it was not in his personality to be competing for a position in the team. He needed a team where he knows he can play every game. He needs to know that he is important.
‘He did not want a team where he thinks: “Am I playing or not?” He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left. So it’s not fair.
The first game of the season against Hull City he played. For the second game against Manchester United, he played. The third game of the season was the Super Cup in Prague, I decided not to play him. For the fourth match, in the Premier League, he was on the bench. And he was not happy. He told me he was not happy.
‘He was not training very well and I was asking for me and he was saying “I can’t give you more. This is just my way”. So I accept that if this is his mentality and it’s his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal. Chelsea made a good deal and he was happy to go and I am happy because the kid is a good kid. And I am happy for him.
‘He didn’t tell me he couldn’t handle the pressure. He told me [what] he didn’t like and that he wanted to play every weekend. I told him this is Chelsea, you are very young, you have Eden Hazard, you have Juan Mata, you have Willian, you have Andre Schurrle, and I cannot promise you that.’
Mourinho claims he wasn’t disappointed by De Bruyne’s attitude, but simply accepted the player wasn’t the right fit at Chelsea.
He said: ‘Players are players and they have different circumstances. We sold him, made our money and it was fantastic because we bought him cheap and sold him for a fantastic price. And now Wolfsburg, if they make a fantastic deal, that is good for them.’