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Kevin De Bruyne signed for Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s second stint at the club, but the youngster never got the chance to prove himself under the Portuguese.

The 26-year-old has now opened up that Mourinho ignored his plea to start games based on statistics, even though he had only started two games for the club.

De Bruyne told The Times on his disputes with Mourinho: “I just said I can play. I have no statistics – two games, what do you want me to do?

“I had a feeling I wasn’t even going to play. Even if he said you’re going to play more games, from two games I was maybe going to go to five. It was, for me, a good decision to leave.

“For them, in the end, it was also a good decision. They sold me for more money for a player who didn’t play.

“I played in Germany for a good year [at Bremen on loan], so that’s why my value went up. But I went to Wolfsburg just to play football. I hate it when I cannot contribute.

“For me, it’s more and more about the team now. When I was a young guy I tried to establish myself, play good and be a professional player. The more it goes on, I am less and less busy about myself.

“Now I know I’m an established professional footballer, I’m here, I have my contract, I have everything I want and now it’s about winning.”

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