Chelsea legend: Why Kevin De Bruyne didn’t succeed under Jose Mourinho

Pat Nevin explains why Kevin De Bruyne didn't have much success at Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Pat Nevin has attempted to explain why Kevin De Bruyne didn’t enjoy any success at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

The Belgium international has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League over the past 18 months or so.

De Bruyne continues to grow as a player under Pep Guardiola and the attacking midfielder scored Manchester City’s opening goal in a 2-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The attacking midfielder scored Manchester City’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening to score against his former employers.

The Belgian playmaker made nine appearances in the 2013-14 season during Mourinho’s second stint in charge of the west London side before sealing a permanent switch to Wolfsburg in the 2014 summer transfer window.

De Bruyne scored 16 times in 51 appearances in his first full season at the Bundesliga outfit to earn a £55m move to Manchester City in 2015.

Former Chelsea midfielder Nevin doesn’t believe Mourinho should be blamed for allowing De Bruyne to leave Chelsea.

“Oscar was playing really well. Willian came into replace him and did really well,” Nevin told Irish news station Newstalk.

“The next season, Mourinho won the league. Mourinho was looking at what he needed to win the league.

“He’s not looking three or four years ahead because he rightly knows he might not be there. I don’t think he was right for that team at the time.”

De Bruyne has netted 24 times in 94 appearances in all competitions during his three season spell at Manchester City so far.

The Belgian midfielder has been talked up as one of the best playmakers in the Premier League.

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