Kevin De Bruyne takes swipe at Jose Mourinho over Chelsea exit

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has hit out at former manager Jose Mourinho by insisting that he doesn't care about him.

The Belgian international worked with the Special One for a brief spell at Chelsea, but was limited to just nine appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Following a loan spell with German side Werder Bremen, the 25-year-old made a permanent switch to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2014, only to join City for a fee of £55million a year later.

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De Bruyne has proved himself to be a vital cog in City's machine and has improved exponentially under new manager Pep Guardiola.

So far this term the winger has hit three goals in a total of 14 appearances across all competitions, and despite City's recent barren run of form he is back enjoying his football again.

However, in an interview with FourFourTwo he shared a few choice words about his former boss, who has since taken over the reigns at cross-town rivals Manchester United, specifically shedding light on his decision to leave Chelsea in search of more first team football.

"I've no idea and I don't care [why I never won over Mourinho]. I waited four months, then I said to myself that wanted to play football every week," he said.

"I couldn't get the game time I wanted, so leaving was the obvious choice.

"I wanted to start a new chapter - not be loaned out and come back to the exact same situation. It was a really smart move on my part.

"But of all the choices I have made in my career, I don't regret one of them - even going to Chelsea. It didn't work out. I wanted to play football; I didn't; so I left."

Chelsea's loan system

De Bruyne's comments do raise an interesting point about the heavy use of the loan system that Chelsea take advantage of.

As it stands the Blues have an eye-watering total of 38 players out on loan, with youngsters spread out across both the English football league system and various leagues in Europe.

The player's own loan spell at Werder Bremen saw him do enough to catch the manager's eye, as he bagged a total of 10 goals in 34 appearances, but upon his return to Stamford Bridge it became clear that he wasn't going to get the opportunity to develop the way he would have liked.]

Praise for Pep

De Bruyne rounded off the interview with some praise for his new boss, though, claiming that Guardiola's attention to detail is what sets him apart from the tacticians he has worked with previously.

City are currently top of the Premier League table, having ended a run of three games without a league win with a 4-0 win over Swansea at the weekend, and now also set to record back-to-back qualifications from the Champions League group stage following their impressive 3-1 victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.

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