Chelsea do not regret selling Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho decided to sell Kevin de Bruyne after the player told him he did not have the mental capacity to play in his system.

A report in The Telegraph claims that there are no regrets at Stamford Bridge over the sale of De Bruyne with officials confident that Mourinho made the right decision.

Wolfsburg agreed an £18m deal with the Blues to sign the Belgium international in January 2014 but could easily double their money by cashing in this summer.

De Bruyne's impressive form, which saw him score 16 goals and assist 27 for the Bundesliga outfit, has seen him linked with a £36m move to Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

Needless to say, Mourinho's decision to sell him has been called into question with even the player himself admitting he doesn't know why he was allowed to leave west London.

However, Chelsea have no doubt that allowing De Bruyne to leave was the right decision as they believe he did not have the fighting spirit to succeed at the club.

Lacking in spirit

Mourinho likes his players to compete for places in the first team and famously leads them into doubt as to their security within that team.

But De Bruyne told Mourinho that he would only be able to produce his best football if he was allowed to play every game for the club. A stubborn Mourinho told him that would not be possible and they eventually agreed to move on.


Chelsea made a decent profit on the £6.7m they originally paid Genk to sign him in 2012 and the deal was seen as a good one for the Blues when it first went through.

But now the 23-year-old is one of Europe's hottest properties and it is clear he would have been a tremendous asset to what is already England's strongest club squad.

While he may eventually return to the Premier League with Manchester City, De Bruyne is unlikely to return to Chelsea any time soon. He appears to have an untenable relationship with the Special One.

One-way street

Speaking of Mourinho, De Bruyne recently said, as quoted in the same report: “I still don’t understand why Jose Mourinho let me leave. I never discussed it with him. I started to play and then it was finished.

“After four months, I asked him to leave. I didn’t want to stay at a club where I wasn’t even playing for 10 minutes. He said it was my attitude in training? It is an excuse he can use.

“But no-one can say that as they haven’t seen me train. I don’t think that in Belgium or in the Bundesliga they have complained about this.

"That is the way it is. I am not angry. When I was transferred to Wolfsburg, Chelsea got their money. Everyone was happy.”


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