Speaking on BT Sport after Man City’s win at Stamford Bridge tonight, Frank Lampard revealed some of the details behind De Bruyne’s Chelsea exit in 2014, when the young Belgian moved to Wolfsburg.
The Blues legend claimed:
“I think it was a difficult time for the club because they had Hazard, they had Oscar and Willian had just signed so you couldn’t play them all.
“And Kevin De Bruyne, his development wasn’t where it is now. He was very good at a lot of things in his game and now I think he’s great at a lot of things in his game.
“Of course it’s easy in retrospect to look at Chelsea and ask them why did you let him go but sometimes players develop at different rates – and Kevin has gone away and made himself a world class player.
On whether Lampard saw it for himself on the training ground, he said: “You don’t know, you always wonder about development. He had good pace, he had good passing, he had good dribbling skills but at that point he couldn’t get into our team.
“And the one thing he had was a lot of ambition. You could see he was upset that he wasn’t playing and I don’t mind that in a young player he wanted to go away and prove that he’s a player.”
“What I liked about when he was here at Chelsea was he made a decision straight away – ‘I want to leave. I want to go and play football’.
“And for a young lad to do that at such a club [as Chelsea] and prove himself somewhere else at a lesser club in a lesser league is a huge thing to do.”