Kevin de Bruyne’s agent has revealed the Manchester City star was “sad” and “crestfallen” during his time at Chelsea.
The Belgium international is now arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League, having contributed 11 assists and five goals in 20 appearances this campaign.
He is a vital piece of Pep Guardiola’s jigsaw that has seen City rise to the summit of the Premier League with his squad only dropping two points all season.
De Bruyne never really got his chance in the first-team at Stamford Bridge and made only three league appearances over his time in west London.
On the bench early on in his spell at Chelsea – following his return from a loan spell with Genk – he publicly aired his views following a pre-season match under Roberto di Matteo.
“If my situation doesn’t change, I’m going to need to find a solution,” he said at the time. “I’m going to need an explanation from the manager.”
Following a promising loan spell at Werder Bremen, where he really showed his talents, he again expected to be starting matches on his return to the club and so were his representatives.
“At that time, he was sad, crestfallen,” Patrick de Koster, De Bruyne’s agent, told Sport/Foot this week via Sport Witness. “I spent a lot of time in London trying to cheer him up. He only had one question: Why? And no one had an answer for him.”
A £20million move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg materialised after it was evident he wouldn’t be in Jose Mourinho’s plans.
He proved himself over two seasons in Germany before City brought him back to England in a deal reportedly worth around £65million.