Kevin De Bruyne: 'I only spoke to Jose Mourinho twice at Chelsea'

  • Kevin De Bruyne: 'I only spoke to Jose Mourinho twice at Chelsea'

Kevin De Bruyne: 'I only spoke to Jose Mourinho twice at Chelsea'

Guardiola's side will win the Premier League title if they beat United in Saturday's derby clash at the Etihad Stadium, but defeating his old boss adds little extra motivation for the 26-year-old.

The Belgium global has been a revelation under the City head coach Pep Guardiola but struggled under Mourinho during his time with the Blues before leaving for the German Bundesliga.

'I think it shows Salah's and my strength, ' said the City midfielder.

'If you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision, ' said the Portuguese coach at the time.

"I only spoke with him twice".

The duo was only together for half a season at Stamford Bridge during the first year of Mourinho's second stint at the club.

On the face of it, de Bruyne should maintain the status quo by becoming another EPL title victor to land both prestigious accolades as City's grand conductor in his side's impending coronation. I don't mind supporters doing that - I've had it a couple of times for my team and it's a nice feeling.

De Bruyne understands that Salah's remarkable goal tally could well result in the Egyptian pipping him to the post but he's happy to let the best man win.

Kevin De Bruyne has shed light on what his relationship with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea was like. "But it's going to need something special".

"In one way I believe I deserve it, because I have been very consistent in my form, De Bruyne said in regards to the possibility of his claiming PFA Player of the Year".

That game was taken away from the visitors by three quick-fire goals in the second half and De Bruyne recalled: 'In ten minutes we got three goals against us and it is hard to come back but even then we tried everything to get something out of the game'.

"We put music on for us, not to do anything bad to other people". But that's the same for a lot of players.

A large part of that is down to De Bruyne, the player who City rely on to provide a level of quality that even a £500m side struggles to find. The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona.