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Kevin De Bruyne was signed by Chelsea as a youngster, but he left the club in 2014 after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
Now vice-captain at Manchester City, De Bruyne has since blossomed into one of the best players in the Premier League, and he’s now set to win his third Premier League title with City.
Speaking about De Bruyne’s case, Tuchel believes that it’s hard to say if his career would have turned out to be so great had he been at Chelsea. He also hailed German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner for leaving the comfort of the Bundesliga to come to a tough league in the Premier League, and backed them to reach the top soon.
“I don’t know; I wasn’t there. I can just say that you can get caught up in the thoughts that it was a big mistake to let him go, but you never know. You don’t know what would have happened if he would not have changed the club back to Germany from Chelsea and then back to England after that,” Tuchel told reporters.
“Maybe he needed it at the time. A different league, a different challenge to be at his best level that he has maybe ever reached to be so influential at City and even be the captain for an amazing and such a successful team.
“You don’t know; maybe it was for the best for him. Maybe he would have done the same route had he stayed and forced his way in here. It is hard to tell, hard to tell but what I can tell you is that this league here, because you draw a comparison to Timo and Kai’s situation, the league here makes you either do it or don’t do it.
“This league is the best here to challenge every player and coach at the highest level in football. You have two possibilities, you step up or you don’t. If you don’t, you don’t make it in this league and that’s why I am very happy that Timo and Kai both stepped out of their comfort zone and took this adventure, this huge challenge, come to England, go abroad in the hardest league and go to a club with a real winning mentality.
“A tough club that’s not about second or third place; this is about winning. This is bravery and it is the right step for them to bring out their very best. This is very good because it is the league and challenge that demands it and sharpens their character.
“It’s their mentality and this is what we can see. They are still on their way, we will boost them and this is always a process. For some, it is faster and for others, it is slower, but as long as they are all Chelsea’s players, they get our full support.”