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The attacker's agent, who has since joined Wolfsburg, claimed to his client that Jose Mourinho's failure to land the Poland international saw a move to Westfalenstadion collapse

Kevin De Bruyne has claimed that his proposed move to Borussia Dortmund collapsed last summer after Chelsea failed to sign Robert Lewandowski.

The 22-year-old says his agent told him of the club's interest in the Pole, who eventually agreed a move to European champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season on a free transfer.

"[Jose] Mourinho said no [to a Dortmund move]," De Bruyne told Bild.

When asked if a failed moved for Lewandowski played a part in the failed move, the winger added: "That's what they told me and also my agent.

"But that is professional football. Where there is a lot of money changing hands, there is also a lot of politics."

De Bruyne eventually completed a big-money move to Wolfsburg in January after falling down the pecking order under Mourinho, and is now eyeing a DFB-Pokal victory over Dortmund.

He continued: "Since [sporting director] Klaus Allofs is here, the VfL are really progressing. That convinced me. They wanted me from the start and were always interested to find a good solution in the transfer talks with Chelsea.

"Of course it is a goal for me to win titles. We are in the DFB-Pokal against Dortmund. We want to win there."