With Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin de Bruyne continuing to impress in the German Bundesliga and the Europa League, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have been struggling for form as of late, is manager Jose Mourinho regretting the sale of the Belgian star?
Chelsea let Kevin de Bruyne go for £18M, with Mourinho and the 23-year-old having had somewhat of a fallout over the midfielder’s efforts in training. But since his move to Germany, De Bruyne has quickly become one of the best young playmakers in Europe. He has created more chances in the Bundesliga than Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar. The young Belgian has scored and created 25 goals in 26 games.
Considering he’s only 23 years of age, letting him go for £18M seems like an undersell by Chelsea, and De Bruyne has made his feelings clear about his former manager, saying: “”I still don’t know why I lost my place. (Mourinho) has never told me (I didn’t train well), so it was a pity he told a press conference I wasn’t doing well on the training pitch. After the conference I trained harder, even on my days off, but my situation never changed. That’s why I asked him ‘please let me go’,” he said.
Fabregas and Oscar have been providing creativity from the central part of the field, but have gone quiet in the second-half to the season. The Spanish international in particular has struggled in recent weeks and has only provided two assists in his last 11 games, while Oscar has failed to score or create a goal in any of his previous 11 in all competitions. De Bruyne, in contrast, is in fine form, and continues to go from strength to strength for Wolfsburg. He’s also impressed in Europe, scoring five goals and giving five assists in the Europa League this season.
Kevin de Bruyne wasn’t initially signed by Mourinho at Chelsea, but he’s sure to regret letting him go for so little, considering how impressive he has been since joining the German league. He added: “(I left Chelsea) because I lost my joy. Mourinho told me he wasn’t keen to let me go, even on loan, saying: ‘You’re a good player.’ But what could I do more?”
The Belgian’s exit was the result of broken trust, yet it appears Chelsea could certainly do with his creative juices at this crucial point of the season, with the Portuguese manager’s insistence on making little changes to the side seemingly tiring out his squad.
So will the Blues boss go on to regret De Bruyne’s sale?