Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne is already endearing himself to fans of Manchester United-one of the clubs believed to be keen on his services-by laying in to former manager Jose Mourinho, reports the Daily Express.
The Belgian was sold to the German side by the Portuguese coach in January 2014 after being sidelined at Chelsea. The 23-year-old has gone on to undermine Mourinho’s judgement by scoring 15 goals and assisting 20 others in 45 appearances for his new club.
The Blues aren’t likely to be too disappointed, with Cesc Fabregas-who arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer-managing 21 assists and five goals in the youngster’s position last time round.
The midfielder is obviously still sore about being frozen out by Mourinho, and has revealed his unhappiness at the way he left West London
“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,” he began, as reported by the Daily Express.
“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. Everyone was happy.”
This isn’t the first time that the goal-friendly footballer has hit out at his former boss.
The Daily Mail reported on him firing a parting shot to the 53-year-old when he originally left Stamford Bridge, claiming that the former Real Madrid manager unfairly criticised his efforts in training.
He said: “My pre-season was good, my first game too, but I still don’t know why I lost my place after the game against Manchester United. I’ve also never asked Mourinho. He has never told me: ‘Kevin, you don’t train well.’
“It’s a pity he told a press conference that I wasn’t doing well on the training pitch. That’s not me. I’m always a player who gives the full 100 per cent in training. Those remarks created a wrong image.”
The Red Devils are now interested in signing the former Werder Bremen star, who could add some creativity to their side, and have been told that they will need to pay £58.1 million in order to secure the Belgian playmaker [via the Metro].
With Louis van Gaal’s side required to compete on four fronts next season, having secured a place in the Champions League, they will surely need to add more creativity to support the likes of Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria (should he remain at the club).
Manchester City have also been linked to the Belgium international by the Daily Star.
The Citizens are looking to rebuild after failing to win a single trophy last time round, and De Bruyne could take some of the creative burden from David Silva at the Etihad Stadium. The Spain international was playing with an ankle injury for much of last season according to the Daily Mirror such was the need for him to be in the team.
Were the Sky Blues to sign another creative midfielder, the World Cup winner could be afforded more time to recuperate from his fitness concerns.