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Mourinho blasts Kevin De Bruyne’s attitude

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blasted Manchester City target Kevin De Bryune

Kevin De Bruyne is arguably one of the best attacking midfielders in world football at the moment. The 24-year old has managed an impressive 16 goals in 51 appearances since joining Wolfsburg back in January 2014 and his addition has certainly turned the Bundesliga side into one of the most exciting forces in Europe.

With De Bruyne making such an impact at Wolfsburg, it has been no surprise to see a host of clubs courting the services of the 24-year old and in recent times, Manchester City have emerged as the favourites to sign the Belgian international.

City are intent on wrestling the title away from the grasp of Chelsea this season and have consequently spent heavily in the transfer market. As part of their summer revolution, City have now set their sights on signing De Bruyne and the Citizens are said to be open to splashing close to €70million for the midfielder’s services.

While City clearly rate De Bruyne very highly as evidenced by the club’s public pursuit of the Belgian international, his former manager Jose Mourinho, is not too impressed by the 24-year old.

Mourinho worked with De Bruyne at Chelsea and after having been failed to impress by the midfielder, the Portuguese manager decided to offload him to Wolfsburg for a fee of around £17million.

The Chelsea boss has now gone on to reveal that the reason why he sold De Bruyne was due to his poor attitude and added that he was not ready to compete just because he was not selected in the first team.

Mourinho said, “With De Bruyne, if you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision. At that time, Chelsea did well.

“If De Bruyne stayed here, not happy and not motivated, and we’d sold him after a year, we’d have got less – 50 per cent less than we sold him for. He was not ready to compete. He was an upset kid, training very bad.”

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