Among all the questionable decisions Jose Mourinho has ever made, letting Kevin de Bruyne go has to be among the worst.
The playmaker never established himself at Chelsea, being sent on loan to Werder Bremen before moving to Wolfsburg having failed to impress the Blues manager.
De Bruyne’s performances at both clubs in the Bundesliga suggested even then that he was a special talent, but Mourinho always seemed to think otherwise.
It goes without saying that the Portuguese has been left to rue that decision, watching the Belgian lead Manchester City to the summit of the Premier League this season and scoring the all-important goal against United in September’s Manchester derby.
The 25-year-old seems remarkably confident considering the manner in which he was disregarded at Stamford Bridge, but he has had no hesitation in proving himself since.
And speaking to FourFourTwo, he admits it doesn’t bother him in the slightest that he never made an impression on Mourinho during their time together in West London.
“I’ve no idea and I don’t care [why he never won over Mourinho],” he said.
“I waited four months, then I said to myself that wanted to play football every week.
“I couldn’t get the game time I wanted, so leaving was the obvious choice.
“I wanted to start a new chapter – not be loaned out and come back to the exact same situation. It was a really smart move on my part. But of all the choices I have made in my career, I don’t regret one of them – even going to Chelsea. It didn’t work out. I wanted to play football; I didn’t; so I left.”