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Kevin De Bruyne admits he was impatient at Chelsea and forced an exit despite Jose Mourinho wanting to keep him

Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that things did not work out while at Chelsea because he was not patient enough.

The Blues signed the Belgian from Genk in January 2012, allowing him to stay on loan with the Belgian Pro League club for the rest of the campaign before sending him on loan to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen for 2012-13.

De Bruyne bagged ten goals and ten assists in 34 games for Bremen and returned to Chelsea but was sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014 after making just nine appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit in the first-half of the 2013-14 campaign.

The midfielder spent just 19 months with Wolfsburg before returning to the Premier League in August 2015, joining Man City for £55 million.

He has since bagged 98 goals and 165 assists in 369 games across all competitions since joining the Etihad Stadium club, winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, five Carabao Cups and a Champions League.

While many Chelsea fans continue to dream about what would have been had the 32-year-old remained at the club instead of leaving, De Bruyne has revealed that he just could not keep waiting for his time to come as he was desperate to play always.

“I signed for Chelsea knowing that I would be loaned out in the first year, and if I do really well we would see what happens,” the Man City star told TNT Sports.

“I did pre-season, went to Werder Bremen, had a really good year, and then in the summer, it was a little bit of a tussle. I could have gone to Borussia Dortmund, with Jurgen Klopp at the time or stayed. Jose wanted me to stay.

“It just didn’t work out. I was maybe a little bit impatient at the time also, but I just wanted to play football. I had the confidence, I know there were a lot of good players there. There was a top team. I understand how it also works out for the young guys at every club when you get loaned out come back, loaned out come back and I didn’t want that situation anymore. So I just pushed a little bit to get sold and that is what happened.”

Chelsea would have won more trophies than they have done in recent campaigns had they managed to keep hold of De Bruyne.

He assisted just once in three Premier League games for the Blues and has gone on to add 108 league assists to his tally since then, establishing himself as one of the best footballers ever to play the game.

Chelsea also missed out on the genius of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah after selling him to AS Roma in 2016, but they cannot be completely faulted for how things turned out with the Egyptian and De Bruyne and will hope to avoid such mistakes going forward.

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