A respected Belgian journalist has said that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho “begged” the club’s directors to keep former midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgian moved to Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City from Wolfsburg for £55 million in the summer, making him the second-most expensive player in Premier League history.
De Bruyne excelled in the Bundesliga, having left Stamford Bridge in unsavoury circumstances, but Belgian football writer Kristof Terreur, has said that Mourinho was against selling the 24-year old and told the board “Do not sell this guy.”
Terreur, Premier League correspondent for Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, made the claim in response to an article by Paul Hayward describing the loss of De Bruyne, who moved to Chelsea for £7 million from Belgian side Genk, as Mourinho’s biggest-ever mistake.
The allegation contradicts the words of Mourinho when De Bruyne was originally sold, with the 52-year old stating, “He was not training very well and he was saying, ‘I can’t give you more – this is just my way’. So yes, 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.”