Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has insisted that things would have been different if he had moved to Chelsea for a larger fee back in 2011.
As reported by the Express, the Belgian international, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Racing Genk for just €8m, has suggested that he would have had a different 'status' at the club if he had joined in a mega deal.
A different world
In fact, despite admitting that plying his trade at Chelsea was like being in a different world, the midfield ace has has insisted that moving to the club was probably the wrong one.
The 23-year-old told reporters: "Chelsea has not been the best choice at that point in time then," he said.
"Being with Chelsea is like being in a different world."
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In fact, throughout his stint on English soil, De Bruyne has revealed that his former boss Jose Mourinho failed to explain why he wasn't handed a regular role at the club.
He continued by saying: "Manager Jose Mourinho did not explain to me why I was not playing more regularly for the club.
"Things would have been different if Chelsea FC had to pay €45m (£32m) and not €8m (£6m) when I arrived from Racing Genk.
"A higher transfer fee would have potentially handed me a different sort of status inside the club. And, possibly, handed me more chances."
At Wolfsburg, however, the midfield ace has gone from strength-to-strength, having played a key role for the club throughout the course of the campaign.
In fact, after his fine recent performances, he has even been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge, but it remains to be seen as to whether Blues boss Jose Mourinho steps up his interest in his former player.
As well as Chelsea, their Premier League rivals Manchester United have also been linked with the player's future, as his long term future in the Bundesliga appears to be uncertain.
Stay for now
For now, though, De Bruyne would be better off staying in Germany's elite division as he goes in search of continued progression at Wolfsburg. Still only 23-years-old, De Bruyne should concentrate on playing on a regular basis rather than returning to England's top flight anytime soon.
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