Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reiterated that the Blues were right to offload Kevin de Bruyne, despite the fact that the playmaker is now wanted by most European clubs after a fantastic season with VfL Wolfsburg.
The Belgian international set the Bundesliga alight last term with his pace and incredible assist tally, with reports suggesting that Manchester City are interested in securing a lucrative transfer as a result.
'Crying' De Bruyne
However, when asked whether or not he may have sold De Bruyne too early, Mourinho replied in a typically robust fashion, claiming that the midfielder was ‘crying’ every day about how he wanted to leave.
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"With De Bruyne, if you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision," Mourinho said, as per ESPN.
"At that time, Chelsea did well. If De Bruyne stayed here, not happy and not motivated, and we'd sold him after a year, we'd have got less -- 50 percent less than what we sold him for. So we sold him. At that moment, it was very good business.
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"If somebody comes and pays for him what somebody would pay for [Lionel] Messi or Cristiano [Ronaldo], it looks from the eyes of the world that it's bad business from us.
"But, if he was at Chelsea and not at Wolfsburg, he wouldn't have reached this level. It was like a wall, a block. He was not ready to compete. He was an upset kid, training very bad.
A good move?
Indeed it could be argued that had Mourinho not sold De Bruyne the 24-year-old wouldn’t have realised the potential he clearly has in Germany.
At Chelsea the youngster was a bit-part player not considered ready for regular first-team action. At Wolfsburg he’s very much the main man.
Was he 'Chelsea ready'?
That said by the same token there’s a question mark hanging over whether or not De Bruyne could have performed as well for the Blues had Mourinho given him an extended run in the first-team.
Given the fact that it took him next to no time to produce the goods at Wolfsburg when he was given the opportunity to shine it can be assumed he would have been capable of the same at Stamford Bridge, although there is a difference in overall quality between England’s top flight and Germany’s.
Chelsea fans, do you think Mourinho has any regrets about selling De Bruyne? Do you wish he was still in west London? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.