De Bruyne scored 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen before returning to Stamford Bridge, when the then Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp - now in charge of City's title rivals Liverpool - wanted to sign him.
However, the Belgium worldwide explained that his career could have gone down a different path if the Portuguese boss hadn't stood in his way after returning from Bremen.
Chelsea are absolutely desperate for a repeat of the Jose Mourinho-masterminded 2014 win at Anfield that helped derail Liverpool's last title challenge, and that will crank the pressure up in today's later game. We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan. 'So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great. So I thought maybe Chelsea would let me go'. "I say City because you want me to say one or another", Mourinho told RT.
City captain Vincent Kompany added: 'When you play Tottenham - or any top six team - they have such a vast squad, such a wealth of talent that if you take one player out, you might lose something but the new player will bring something entirely different to the table.
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Kevin De Bruyne has taken time out of Man City's quadruple race to open up on his stay at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
'Jose was just kind of waiting for me to say something, and finally I said, "But ... some of these guys have played 15, 20 games".
José called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me.
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"But over time I got closer to Raheem, because our sons were born around the same time, so they would always play together". "The amount of games we have had - Brighton, and three days later the Champions League, and now here, and the way we played for 75 or 80 minutes was really good".
"We always knew coming here in the past that it's a hard place to come. Now I'm doing well and you want me back?'" De Bruyne said. I was on the bench, and I never really got a chance again.
"I was completely honest". So I said, 'No. "In my experience, footballers can be a lot different than you expect, especially if you really get to know them". "I'd rather you sell me".
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