Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne says it is ‘strange’ that he was not given the same opportunities as Eden Hazard while at Chelsea.
The Belgium international joined Chelsea back in 2012 from Genk but found chances hard to come by after making just three appearances for the club before joining German giants Wolfsburg in an £18million transfer just two years later.
De Bruyne impressed massively in the Bundesliga which earned him a huge £55m deal back to the Premier League with Manchester City in 2015, where he is now being regarded as one of the world’s best players.
Then Blues boss Jose Mourinho allowed the 25-year-old to leave the club just six months after he arrived back at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho then accused the Belgian of not wanting to stay and fight for his place in the team.
De Bruyne, however, insists that the claim is not true and believes the claim that ‘he was too young’ to make it as a regular in West London is ‘strange’ given that Eden Hazard had a regular spot in Mourinho’s side at the same point.
“I think they [Chelsea] had a different view than I had of myself,” De Bruyne told the Daily Mail.
“I was young but also experienced.
“If I had come through the youth then maybe I would be happy to play 10 games there.
“As far as I was concerned, I was ready to play.
“I have read that, for them at Chelsea, I was too young, but in my mind you are never too young.
“If you are ready, you are ready.
“I think Eden Hazard was the same age as me when he played so it’s a little bit strange to say this guy is young and the other guy is old enough to play.
“It’s just another way of saying that somebody isn’t good enough.”
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)