Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has accused former manager Jose Mourinho for turning down a lucrative offer from Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
The Belgian signed for Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in a deadline day move in January 2012 but was immediately loaned back to his former club for the next six months.
He joined up with his new team-mates in the summer, but the Blues’ management felt De Bruyne needed game time that couldn't be provided at Stamford Bridge.
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As a result, he secured a season-long loan move to the Bundesliga, joining Werder Bremen, for whom he enjoyed a successful spell and made 33 league appearances, scoring ten goals and assisting nine.
Upon returning to Premier League, he was assured by Mourinho he would be an integral part of his plans, featuring extensively in pre-season until a knee injury sustained in the latter stages.
He recovered in time for the opening day of the season against Hull City in the 2013/14 campaign, providing a sublime assist for Oscar to open the scoreline.
German giants Dortmund were then riding high on the back of coming runners-up in the Champions League and Bundesliga.
Learning about Dortmund’s interest, De Bruyne believed the German side’s style of play would suit him more than Chelsea’s.
Jurgen Klopp, then manager of the Signal Iduna Park outfit, was interested in luring the Belgium international from Chelsea but his advances were halted by Mourinho, who convinced De Bruyne to stay put.
According to Goal.com, the midfielder said: "I had a personal agreement [with Klopp]. I asked the club [Chelsea] to go because I had a good feeling about Dortmund at the time.
"I had been good in Germany and he [Klopp] really wanted me because [Mario] Gotze went to Bayern Munich.”
"He called me, and said ‘You will be the No 1’ at a team who had been second in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League final."
The Belgian international, however, failed to impress Mourinho in the following months, managing just nine appearances and forcing the Chelsea boss to sell the midfielder in January transfer window.
Dortmund were no longer interested, but rivals Wolfsburg came calling and secured a £18 million deal.
He became an instant hit in the German league during his second spell and was again linked with Dortmund as well as Bayer Leverkusen, but nothing materialised.
After a hugely successful 2014/15 term with Wolfsburg, Premier League heavyweights City pursued the 24-year-old and agreed to pay a massive £55 million for his services.
He has since settled in well, scoring six goals in 14 appearances.