How Jose Mourinho STOPPED Jurgen Klopp signing Man City star Kevin de Bruyne | Football | Sport


De Bruyne has shone for City since joining in 2015, but he originally struggled in England having spent a spell with Chelsea.

The Belgian joined Chelsea in January 2012, spending half a season on loan at Genk.

De Bruyne remained in Germany that summer, penning a season-long loan deal with Werder Bremen.

And after impressing for the Bundesliga team, De Bruyne has revealed that then-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp was interested in signing him. But Mourinho said no.

“When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho,” De Bruyne wrote for The Players’ Tribune.

“But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice. The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit.

“So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great.

“When I came back to Chelsea the next summer, a few German clubs wanted to sign me.

“Klopp wanted me to come to Borussia Dortmund, and they played the kind of football that I enjoy. So I thought maybe Chelsea would let me go.

“But then Mourinho texted me, ‘You are staying. I want you to be part of this team.’”

But De Bruyne couldn’t force his way into Mourinho’s long-term plans.

He added: “When I arrived for preseason, the vibe was good.

“I started two of the first four games of the season, and I thought I played O.K. Not brilliant, but pretty good.

“After the fourth game, that was it. I was on the bench, and I never really got a chance again.

“I didn’t get an explanation. I was just out of favour for some reason.”

De Bruyne is now battling against Klopp in a race for the Premier League title.

Klopp’s Liverpool are two points ahead of City, though the reigning champions do have a game in hand.

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