The mean one, maybe? Mourinho must have it in for De Bruyne, because he insists that Chelsea were right to sell the midfielder to Wolfsburg with the player ‘crying’ everyday to leave.
The Belgium international has established himself as one of the best attackers in the Bundesliga since leaving Chelsea in 2014. And now City are keen on bringing him back to the EPL.
Mourinho is adamant that Chelsea made the right call in the sale of De Bruyne, as he believes the Belgian won’t have improved if kept at the Bridge.
“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,” Mourinho told reporters.
“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. So we sold him. At that moment, it was very good business.
“If somebody comes and pays for him what somebody would pay for Messi or Cristiano, it looks from the eyes of the world that it’s bad business from us.
“But, if he was at Chelsea and not at Wolfsburg, he wouldn’t have reached this level. It was like a wall, a block. He was not ready to compete. He was an upset kid, training very bad.
“He always said he had trained well in his life, but he needs motivation to train well by playing every game. Andre Schurrle a bit the same.”
Mourinho also believes that the decision to oust De Bruyne has been vindicated by the rise of Eden Hazard, who has flourished during his three years with the Blues.
“If you think it [De Bruyne’s sale] is my mistake, then it’s my mistake that Eden Hazard is worth more than £100 million,” he added.
“What I cannot do is bring us up to a certain level and then not play him. If I don’t play Hazard and play De Bruyne or Andre Schurrle, they would have been playing for Chelsea, but Hazard wouldn’t.”