Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne has claimed that he only spoke to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho twice during his entire time at Chelsea.
The Portuguese manager has been attacked countlessly for letting go the Belgian as well as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah since the pair are considered to be the best in the league.
It’s a stick critics use to beat Mourinho with, claiming it’s proof of his inability to develop or nurture talent and his preference for ready made players.
De Bruyne and Salah have both clearly made huge strides since leaving the Blues but it’s a little bizarre to blame it all on the United boss.
The Sky Blues’ player’s comments also come shortly after his manager Pep Guardiola claimed that Paul Pogba was offered to the club; perhaps it’s all a scheme to distract Jose’s players.
According to Calcio Mercato, Kevin said: “I only spoke with him [Mourinho] twice. That was (firstly) when I wanted to leave for Dortmund at the beginning of the summer.
“And then at the second meeting I just said: ‘for me it’s better to go. I want to play football. I’m not somebody who speaks a lot with coaches.
“I think if the coach wants to speak with you then you just do it. He’s the boss. You can be good with each other but still there’s a distance between a coach and a player.”
Kevin and Mohamed’s successes aren’t an indication of Jose Mourinho’s poor judgement or inability to develop young talents for the future.
Over any manager’s lifetime there are always going to be cases of such things happening as it’s all part and parcel of the game.
Critics must keep in mind that Mourinho was at a club that at the time did not allow him the time that’s needed to develop players.
Another point to be made is how both Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah weren’t the talents they are now back then which is an indication of the club’s they moved onto with the former moving to Wolfsburg and the latter to Fiorentina.