In case you have been living under a rock, Kevin De Bruyne signed for Manchester City for $86 million in the summer transfer window as the Belgian winger returns to the Premier League as City’s most-expensive signing in club history.
De Bruyne, 24, was sold to Wolfsburg by Chelsea in January 2014 for $30 million and less than 18 months later the Citizens snapped him up from the Bundesliga for three times that price.
‘Why did De Bruyne leave Chelsea in the first place,’ I hear you cry (no pun intended). Good question. Why don’t you ask Jose Mourinho.
Lasting less than six months into Mourinho’s second-spell in charge of the Blues, De Bruyne was allowed to leave Chelsea and their manager gave the following summation of the speedy attackers situation.
“With De Bruyne, if you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision,” Mourinho said.
Yeah, those words could come back to haunt the “Special One.”
Of course, not many people saw De Bruyne’s incredible rise coming, as the winger excelled at Wolfsburg and dished out more assists (20) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues last season.
So what has his Dad go to do with all of this? Well, De Bruyne’s father, Herwig (anybody else think of Harry Potter’s pet owl? Okay, just me then…), has been speaking exclusively to the Daily Star in England and this is what he had to say about his son getting revenge on his former club.
“Kevin will have no more to prove against Chelsea than he will against Swansea,” Herwig De Bruyne said. “But if he scores against Chelsea, he will say in his heart, ‘Yes, now I have you.’”
Oh, the sweet smell of revenge is already starting to linger in the nostrils of the De Bruyne family.
With Kevin set to further bolster a stunning attacking trio of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens look the real deal this season with four wins from the opening four games, 10 goals scored and zero conceded telling its own story.
City are hungry for success and to get the PL title they won in 2013-14 back from reigning champs Chelsea. As for De Bruyne, he’s just hungry for revenge against Chelsea. Surely that can only be a good thing for City.