​Man City's De Bruyne: "Mourinho Stopped Me From Joining Klopp..."

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne admits that Jose Mourinho stopped him joining Borussia Dortmund.


The Belgian was still trying to break into the Chelsea first team and had been on loan at Werder Bremen in 2012.

De Bruyne was wanted by Jurgen Klopp, who was in charge at BVB at the time, but has revealed a quick chat with Mourinho ended that possibility.

De Bruyne wrote in The Players' Tribune:

When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho. But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice.

The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit. So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great.

When I came back to Chelsea the next summer, a few German clubs wanted to sign me.

Klopp wanted me to come to Borussia Dortmund, and they played the kind of football that I enjoy. So I thought maybe Chelsea would let me go.

But then Mourinho texted me, 'You are staying. I want you to be part of this team.' So I thought, 'OK, great. I'm in his plans.'

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