But De Bruyne couldn't force his way into Mourinho's long-term plans.
Eventually, De Bruyne completed a switch to Wolfsburg in 2014 and with his game improving after each match, he returned to the English topflight a year later to win the title with the Citizens.
"I'm sure some of the lads were aware of the City score but it wasn't something we spoke about". It was kind of genius, I think.
"They said Raheem was this flashy guy who left Liverpool for money". What's the story here?' I knew we would produce a good performance here. He couldn't be more different from what the tabloids were saying. Not really when they're on the attack and the things everyone gives them credit for, but the side of the game that a lot of quality players don't really want to do.
Some Eagles supporters felt he had a good game, while others seem to have long since written him off as not good enough, regardless of how his plays. The England worldwide has scored 21 goals in all competitions and is in the running to win the Player of the Year award.
And after impressing for the Bundesliga team, De Bruyne has revealed that then-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp was interested in signing him.
"When I was at Chelsea, there was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho".
"Seeing him chase back to get Wilf Zaha, to prevent Zaha getting into a situation where he might be 1-v-1, I think that is a great credit him. I'd rather you sell me'".
"In the last three or four games De Bruyne was incredible and we missed him a lot when he was out injured", Guardiola said at post-match news conference, referring to the two medial knee ligament injuries that decimated the first half of De Bruyne's season. I didn't get an explanation.
"In the end, I should have just said "thank you".
José called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me.
"With him around, our passes in front - especially in the final third - are incredible and today he was so committed to defensive work, winning duels and being in that position". Zero goals. Ten recoveries.' It took me a minute to understand what he was doing.
"I was completely honest".
"Before I came to Manchester City, I didn't really know what to make of this Raheem Sterling guy", De Bruyne said. "We know that, and the players have shown they want to do it, and I didn't have any doubts about that". I thought you were going to be really distant and shy.
"So the club ended up selling me, and there was no big problem at all". A text from Mourinho informed him he was part of his plans for the season.
"This season has not been easy for me".
He said: "Pep and I share a similar mentality".
"I didn't think he'd be a bad guy, really".
"Even at funerals, I don't cry". You threw me in the garbage.
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