Kevin De Bruyne believe he & Salah proved Mourinho wrong
Star Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne thinks that it was essential for him and Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to part ways with Chelsea in order for them to be able to show their abilities and shine.
The Belgian midfielder has been phenomenal for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, creating more chances than any player in the Premier League and being a cornerstone in the Cityzens’ formula which is on the verge of securing the Premier League title.
De Bruyne has featured in 31 games thus far and has contributed to seven goals and 15 assists.
“That was an experience where I learned maybe the most out of how football goes, how I go with the situation. I was only like 21 at the time – no one is going to play all the time at that age. If I see the amount of games I’ve played in my career it’s a lot, so I’m happy,” the Genk youth product told the press ahead of City’s game against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
Mohamed Salah also completely transformed after leaving the Blues. He has been on fire since joining the Reds over the summer. Salah has featured in 31 matches, scoring 29 goals and making nine assists. The ‘Egyptian King’ has been breaking records all season and has recently been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month for March and Champions League Player of the Week awards.
“I think it shows Salah and my strength,” De Bruyne said answering a question about how what happened with him and Salah at Chelsea might be reflecting poor decisions made by one of world’s leading coaches since the two players are now presenting magnificent performances
“If somebody comes up to you and it’s not enough, and you make a decision to go to play football and you have confidence in yourself that you can do well, as long as you’re physically and mentally right to do it, you can make it either way.”
It is clear that the Belgian holds no grudge towards his former coach for not giving him enough space to glow. De Bruyne is certainly more focused on securing the Premier League title and preparing for a comeback against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
“Obviously everyone needs to find a system and playing style that suits you more. Probably now we’ve found somebody who suits us both more than it was before,” he added. “I think in both our cases that’s true. But that’s the same for a lot of players.
“I think it’s just because it’s the same manager and it’s both of us in the same season who are going well that people are talking about it, but I think every manager will have had a lot of players who were not suited with each other who went away and did well afterwards.”
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