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De Bruyne: Mourinho blanked me at Chelsea

Kevin de Bruyne has revealed that he regrets joining Chelsea, claiming that coach Jose Mourinho never hold him why he was surplus to requirements.

The Belgium international was considered one of the most exciting young talents in Europe when he joined the Blues from Genk in January 2012 for a fee of €8 million.

However, after being loaned back to Genk for the remainder of the season, De Bruyne was then allowed to spend the following campaign at Werder Bremen.

The versatile attacker returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013 hoping to establish himself as a first-team regular under new boss Mourinho.

However, De Bruyne featured just three times in the Premier League before being sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014 for €18 million.

The 23-year-old has since flourished at the Volkswagen Arena, admitting that he is glad to be away from both Chelsea and Mourinho.

"I feel at home at Wolfsburg and in this moment I'm even willing to sign a new contract," De Bruyne told Sport Bild.

"It's a club on a rapid rise, also from an economic point of view, not yet like Bayern Munich obviously, but the club is growing.

"The choice to join Chelsea was not the best. Being at Chelsea is like being in a different world.

"Mourinho didn't explain to me why I was not playing. Maybe things would have been different if Chelsea had paid €45 million for me, rather than €8m.

"A higher transfer fee maybe would have afforded me greater consideration."

De Bruyne, who played a key role in Wolfsburg's rout of Bayern Munich earlier this month, has racked up eight goals and 12 assists in 22 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.