Belgium playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has revealed that he knew his time at Chelsea was over after he was asked to play in a Carabao Cup fixture against Swindon Town.
De Bruyne, who currently plays for Manchester City, joined Chelsea in 2012.
But the 30-year-old was infamously sold by former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, two years later after failing to make any real impact at Stamford Bridge.
De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg for £18million in 2014.
“Chelsea really wanted to keep me and give me a chance, but I really wanted to go to Dortmund,” De Bruyne told Play Sports’ MID MID podcast.
“I had a good feeling about that and I always try to make decisions based on feelings.
“Eventually, I did play for Chelsea, but only in the [Carabao] cup at Swindon. That was really dramatic. I hadn’t played for a month and then you have to play against a League Two side. At that point, it was done.
“I never went to Jose Mourinho. I trained hard, I showed enough, but it’s a myth in football that if you train well, you get chances. That is just not true. I let it hang for a while because I didn’t see a chance to play anymore, but then I learned to behave differently sometimes, and that you can get out of such a situation. At the time, I didn’t see that. I just wanted to leave [Chelsea].”
He added, “I don’t hate Mourinho. “I’m not a little kid. Things just didn’t click at that time.”
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Reduce cost of governance instead of planned oil subsidy removal – Muslim journalists tell FG
Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance instead of the planned subsidy removal.
DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government had a few days ago announced its plan to remove subsidy on petroleum products.
But, MMPN in its reaction has advised the government to shelve the idea of oil subsidy removal.
The Oyo State chapter of the association, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held in Ibadan on Sunday, insisted that the government should reduce the cost of governance in order to save money to embark on developmental projects.
In the communique made available to DAILY POST on Monday through its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, MMPN enjoined the government not to remove oil subsidy because such a move will lead to an increase in prices of fuel and other essential commodities.
The association revealed that the removal of subsidy at this time will inflict more suffering on the majority of the Nigerian masses.
It appealed to the committee set up by the Federal Government on fuel subsidy to advise the government to look for other options such as reduction in the cost of governance at all levels by 70 percent.
“The reduction in the cost of governance will help to save more money as the Association believes that the cost of governance in the country is too high compared to the developed world,” it said.
The association while reviewing recent happenings in the journalism profession in the state, advised media professionals to uphold the responsibility of being the watchdog of the society by avoiding practices that could lead to derailment from its journalistic ethos.
It condemned the crisis that characterised the October Correspondents’ chapel election and the recently held NAWOJ election in the state.
“The charade that led to the NUJ National election, the brouhaha that characterized NUJ, Oyo State Correspondent Chapel election and the recent State NAWOJ election where two factions are claiming leadership of the union is a show of shame which have soiled the watchdog responsibility of the media as well as its role model functions.
“MMPN warns civil and public servants against being overzealous in implementing government circulars or taking steps that could lead to denial or infringement on Muslims fundamental human rights,” it added.
EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League so far [Top 20]
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah remains the top scorer in the Premier League after Week 13 games.
The Egyptian international is ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy on the goal chart.
Salah has so far scored eleven Premier League goals for Liverpool this season.
The former Chelsea and AS Roma star has two goals ahead of Vardy.
Premier League top scorers after match-day thirteen:
11 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
9 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
7 goals: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Diogo Jota (Liverpool).
6 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham)
5 goals: Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Joshua King (Watford), Maxwel Cornet (Burnley), Raphinha (Leeds United) and Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
4 goals: Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Meanwhile, the Premier League match-fourteen will commence on November 30.
EPL: Paul Pogba reacts to appointment of Ralf Rangnick as Man Utd manager
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has welcomed with open arms the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager, The Athletic reports.
Rangnick is expected to be appointed the club’s interim boss soon and may be in charge of United’s next game against Arsenal on Thursday or the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Pogba is currently out of action after sustaining a thigh injury while on international duty with France.
The World Cup winner is currently in Dubai where he is continuing his recovery but is said to be ‘enthused’ by the news coming out of Old Trafford.
Pogba, according to the report, has received ‘positive feedback’ about the German from contacts in the game and is looking forward to working under him.
United won one and drew one of their last two games since they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and handed the role to Michael Carrick as caretaker boss.
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