Kevin De Bruyne says he learnt a lot from his loan spell under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, where he struggled to make an impact following his switch from Genk.
The Belgian, who joined Wolfsburg after a season on loan at Werder Bremen following an acrimonious departure from the Premier League, has since justified the £55m price-tag Manchester City paid for his services, having been shipped out of west London for a meagre £18m.
The talented 25-year-old, who has since thrived under Pep Guardiola, says he has no real issues with Mourinho, although he felt he should have played more.
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“I have no problem with Jose,” he told the Daily Mail. “I could not say anything before as I was not playing.
“I always want to play. I have played hundreds of times in my career and I am only 25. So I think I have answered it quite well.”
He added though that his struggles at the Bridge made him stronger, saying that “in some ways, it was a good experience.
“It is the only experience of not really playing and it gave me another aspect, to realise how to conduct yourself. I learned a lot about myself and I am happy with the decision I made to move on.
“I think Chelsea had a different view than I had of myself. I was young but also experienced. 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 is a little bit strange to say this guy is young and the other guy is old enough to play. It is just another way of saying that somebody is not good enough.”
Despite City having struggled of late, De Bruyne remains a shining light at the club, and admitted it felt good to finally prove his detractors wrong.
“Obviously it is very satisfying,” he told Sportsmail. “I come here today with a very different view than people had of me last year. It shows that a lot can happen in one year.
“Everybody had a view of how I came out of Chelsea so, yeah, it gives me satisfaction that people have changed their minds.”
De Bruyne will miss Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Mourinho’s United with a minor ankle injury, which is just as well for United fans after he netted the opening goal in City’s 2-1 win over their derby rivals earlier in the season.