The Belgian playmaker was deemed to be surplus to requirements at Chelsea FC and he was eventually sold to German side Wolfsburg in the winter of 2014.
De Bruyne has since moved to Manchester City and established himself as one of the finest attacking players in Europe, and he helped Pep Guardiola’s men win the Premier League title last season.
Much has been made about Chelsea FC’s decision to let De Bruyne leave the club four years ago given the talented player he has developed into.
However, Chelsea FC legend Lampard has explained why he thinks the Blues ended up letting the Belgian attacker leave the west London club four years ago.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lampard said: “I don’t think they missed it [De Bruyne’s talent].
“The talent was there. We were there at the time and technically you could see everything he had.
“The problem he had was there was an embarrassment of riches for Chelsea. They had Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle…”
Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are still waiting to make their first signing of the summer transfer window as they look to revamp their squad ahead of next season.
The west London side ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table last term as they missed out on a spot in the Champions League for next season.
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