Kevin De Bruyne’s most interesting moments on his Chelsea debut are even more confusing that he wasn’t given a proper chance at Stamford Bridge.
Signed from Genk, De Bruyne made just nine appearances for the Blues – of which only three came to the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
Looking back is a great thing, but his performance in the first game for West London makes Chelsea’s decision to sell him even more confusing.
De Bruyne was the man of the match as Chelsea were left without a 2-0 winner against Hull City in the first game of the 2013/14 campaign.
He made an excellent assist for the Oscars and during his 66 minutes on the field there were a lot of promising aspects of his game.
The match against Swindon Town in the League Cup is believed to have convinced Mourinho that he was not up to De Bruyne and that in January he was eventually sold to Wolfsburg for £ 18 million.
Recalling a meeting with Mourinho for Sky Sports last month, De Bruyne said: “Jose invited me to his office in December and it was probably my second big life-changing moment. He had some papers in front of him and said, ‘One assistance. Zero goals. Ten recovery. “
“It took me a minute to figure out what he was doing. Then he started reading the statistics of the other strikers – Willian, Oscar, [Juan] Mata, [Andre] Schurrle. And it’s like – five goals, 10 assists, whatever. “
“Jose was just kind of waiting for me to say something, and in the end I said, ‘But … some of those guys played 15, 20 games. I only played three. So it’s going to be different, isn’t it?’
“It was so weird. I was completely honest. I said, ‘I feel like the club doesn’t really want me here. I want to play football. I’d rather you sell me. “
In Germany, where he was briefly on loan at Werder Bremen, De Bruyne established himself as one of the best players and was involved in 57 goals (20 goals and 37 assists) in 73 appearances in all competitions.
His form prompted Manchester City to throw out the then-record £ 54m at the club to bring him back to the 2015 Premier League.
He is approaching his third Premier League title, while he also received the PFA Player of the Year and Premier League Playmaker of the Year awards for his performances.
He recently handed out a new contract until 2025 – which will take him ten years of experience at the Etihad Stadium, De Bruyne is well on his way to entering as one of the best players in Premier League history.