VfL Wolfsburg winger Kevin de Bruyne insists he has no regrets about leaving Chelsea, and says his fine form in the Bundesliga this season completely justifies his decision to walk away from Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium international has been earning rave reviews at the Volkswagen Arena after contributing a mightily impressive 15 goals and 26 assists in all competitions for Dieter Hecking's side in 2014/15.
De Bruyne's fine form has already attracted admiring glances from a host of other top European suitors, and prompted Blues fans to question whether Jose Mourinho was right to cash-in on the 23-year-old in January last year.
After joining Chelsea from Racing Genk two years earlier, the fleet-footed forward found first-team opportunities very difficult to come by in west London and spent the majority of his time with the club out on loan.
He took in spells back at the Cristal Arena - where he had just come from - and spent 2012/13 in Germany with Werder Bremen before finally being integrated into Mourinho's senior squad for the first half of last season.
However, after starting just two Premier League games for the Blues in the six months that followed, De Bruyne pushed for an exit after Wolfsburg's interest became apparent, and he was eventually granted his wish to leave in the mid-season window.
“Mourinho told me to come back and that’s what I did,” he explained in an interview with Eurosport. “After six months of not playing a lot I told the club that I wanted to leave.
"I didn’t want to go on loan anymore because if you come back you will be always in the same situation, and I think the decision that I made to come here was a great decision.
"At the end I think that I’m doing well right now so I’m very happy with all the decisions that I’ve made.”
Asked about whether or not he'd consider moving again this summer De Bruyne explained he is very happy playing at Wolfsburg, but refused to completely rule out the possibility of another transfer.
With the likes of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all reported to be monitoring the player's situation the Chelsea reject would be foolish to offer any guarantees, particularly as his agent Patrick de Koster continues to talk about his options so openly in the media.
“What will happen in the summer I don’t know,” he admitted. “As a player it is so stupid to say that I will stay here and then some big club is coming in and offer Wolfsburg a lot of money that they want and they say you can go or something like that.
“I’m very happy here and I think I will play here next season but I can’t give you a 100 per cent guarantee.”
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