Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he believes he might have succeeded at Chelsea if the Blues had been forced to shell out a large transfer fee to land him.
Speaking to La Derniere Heure, the Belgium international stated that had Chelsea spent as much on his signature as new owners Manchester City did this summer, he would have enjoyed far more game time at Stamford Bridge.
A bold claim
The 24-year-old was sold by Jose Mourinho to VfL Wolfsburg in 2013, bringing an end to a disappointing career in west London that yielded just three Premier League appearances all told.
Since his exit the midfielder has been nothing short of a revelation, first at Wolfsburg and now at City. This campaign alone De Bruyne has five goals and eight assists to his name, stats born from a run of form that has Chelsea ruing their decision to let him go.
"It makes a huge difference [whether a club paid a lot of money for you]," the former Chelsea man told La Derniere Heure.
"I would have played more at Chelsea had they paid as much for me as City did. That's the way things work in this business."
De BRuyne right?
It’s difficult to argue with De Bruyne when one takes a look at other players who have cost Chelsea far more than the reported £7 million he cost the Blues from Genk in 2012, only to play more despite not performing well.
Fernando Torres is an obvious example of an individual given more than his fair share of chances at Stamford Bridge, whilst others might point towards Andriy Shevchenko as being in a similar mould.
Money rules supreme
It’s a sad indictment on the modern game, but one that rings true nonetheless. When money is the dreaded overlord in a sport controlled by those with more cash than some small countries, can managers really afford to drop those who have cost the big bucks in favour of the bargain buys?
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