After leaving Chelsea in January 2014 for a fee of £18 million to join Bundesliga team Wolfsburg, it was thought that Kevin De Bruyne had a lengthy and difficult battle on his hands in order to re-build his career and end up back at of one of the best teams in Europe and to a team in which he truly believed he belonged at. Fast forward 20 months and last season’s Bundesliga player of the year is excelling in all aspects of his game and displaying the world class talent that seemingly Chelsea failed to see.
Demanding a move away from the club after being repeatedly snubbed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho – who said that De Bruyne was lazy in training, the Belgian moved to German side Wolfsburg for what at the time seemed like an inflated £18 million price tag. However, despite reservations about the price tag, De Bruyne had a truly remarkable campaign during his first full season in 2014/15 and ended it with 16 goals and 27 assists in all competitions as Wolfsburg finished second in the league and won the German Cup.
After one full season in Germany and after storming to the player of the year award, Manchester City made their move for the 24 year old. At first, Wolfsburg were adamant that they wouldn’t let their star player leave but according to Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs, the sale was “unavoidable” by the end, simply because of the extortionate amount of money Manchester City offered – in wages to the player. It has been claimed by Allofs that City offered the player four times more than he was earning at Wolfsburg, on top of a Bundesliga record transfer fee of 75 million Euros in a powerful display of financial power from the Sheikh-owned English team.
“When a player comes to you with an offer from a club willing to pay him four times as much [as he is already earning], then you’ve got to consider what’s going through his head,” Allofs told German newspaper Die Welt.
Wolfsburg tried to convince De Bruyne to sign a new deal with them on improved terms, but it became evident in their first few games of the season that his mind was already elsewhere.
Despite the vast amount of money involved in the transfer, Kevin De Bruyne has been an instant hit at The Etihad stadium and has scored three goals in three games for his new team. After Chelsea’s difficult start to the season, Mourinho must be kicking himself at not giving him a genuine chance and surely would love to have him in his team this season to give them some much needed creativity.