Manchester City's Belgian starlet Kevin De Bruyne has revealed he was close to joining Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2013 before Jose Mourinho convinced him to stay at Chelsea.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, De Bruyne revealed: "I had a personal agreement with Klopp. I asked to go because I had a good feeling about Dortmund at the time."
Klopp's side had narrowly lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich and boasted a squad with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
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However, his then new manager Mourinho convinced De Bruyne to stay and promised the Belgian international he would be number one at Chelsea.
Such a role at Stamford Bridge never materialised and after making just five starts, the midfielder joined Wolfsburg in the following January.
After moving to the Bundesliga, De Bruyne enjoyed nothing but success and established himself as one of the world's finest attacking midfield players.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a record-breaking season last year by assisting 27 goals in all competitions, breaking the Bundesliga record.
His massive tally of assists and 16 goals attracted the eye of Manchester City, who subsequently paid £58 million to acquire De Bruyne's signature during the summer.
Mourinho will surely be regretting selling the Belgian, who has hit the ground running at the Etihad, scoring six goals in all competitions, including an audacious volleyed lob against Newcastle.
If one thing is for certain, the decision not to join Dortmund has not blighted the career of De Bruyne.
The 24-year-old - who has 38 caps for his country - is proving to be one of the world's best players and unfortunately for Mourinho, also the Premier League's leading Belgian in this campaign.
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