Belgium playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has revealed that he knew his time at Chelsea was over after he was asked to play in a Carabao Cup fixture against Swindon Town.
De Bruyne, who currently plays for Manchester City, joined Chelsea in 2012.
But the 30-year-old was infamously sold by former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, two years later after failing to make any real impact at Stamford Bridge.
De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg for £18million in 2014.
“Chelsea really wanted to keep me and give me a chance, but I really wanted to go to Dortmund,” De Bruyne told Play Sports’ MID MID podcast.
“I had a good feeling about that and I always try to make decisions based on feelings.
“Eventually, I did play for Chelsea, but only in the [Carabao] cup at Swindon. That was really dramatic. I hadn’t played for a month and then you have to play against a League Two side. At that point, it was done.
“I never went to Jose Mourinho. I trained hard, I showed enough, but it’s a myth in football that if you train well, you get chances. That is just not true. I let it hang for a while because I didn’t see a chance to play anymore, but then I learned to behave differently sometimes, and that you can get out of such a situation. At the time, I didn’t see that. I just wanted to leave [Chelsea].”
He added, “I don’t hate Mourinho. “I’m not a little kid. Things just didn’t click at that time.”