Pep Guardiola: 'Supernatural' Kevin De Bruyne peaking at the right time

15 April, 2019, 21:54 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola Liverpool Man City

Now, De Bruyne has reflected on his relationship with Mourinho and his short-lived spell with Chelsea in The Players' Tribune.

De Bruyne said: "Mourinho texted me, "You are staying".

"Of course, when you read this stuff about yourself, you think, 'Me?" I'm in his plans'.

"Jose called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me", De Bruyne wrote.

"Anyway, one day we were talking and Raheem said something like, 'Mate, I thought you were going to be well different, before I met you. Zero goals. Ten recoveries". "It takes me a really long time to open up to people", the former Chelsea and Wolfsburg man said. Then he started reading the stats of the other attacking forwards - Willian, Oscar, (Juan) Mata, (André) Schürrle.

Somewhat surprisingly De Bruyne has actually played in 28 games so far this season, during which he has scored 5 goals and gained 7 assists.

José was just kind of waiting for me to say something, and finally I said, 'But ... some of these guys have played 15, 20 games. "We know that, and the players have shown they want to do it, and I didn't have any doubts about that". "So it's going to be different, no?"

"It was so unusual".

Guardiola's side have played a game fewer than the Merseyside club, however the Spaniard feels his side must be flawless in the run-in if they are to pip their rivals to the title. "I want you to be part of this team".


"This is such an embarrassing story that I hesitate to tell it, But since I promised you honesty, then I guess I have to".

The following month, De Bruyne joined Wolfsburg for £18m.

DeBruyne went on to become City's then-record signing in 2015, returning to the Premier League for £55 million.

"They said Raheem was this flashy guy who left Liverpool for money". They can't interact with you. "They came here with a fully-fit squad and they paid us the respect of putting a very strong team out". So I thought maybe Chelsea would let me go.

De Bruyne signed for Chelsea from Genk in January 2012.

"It's amusing to see the change in how people treat you in football when you're doing well". I was on the bench, and I never really got a chance again.

"I can only say what everyone else knows". You threw me in the garbage.

As it transpired, De Bruyne's career didn't turn out too poorly.

"In the end, I should have just said "thank you".

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