Kevin De Bruyne, who Mourinho discarded because of his poor mentality, has now returned to the Premier League as Britain’s most expensive player, and with a point to prove.
Despite the Belgian claiming that he is not out for revenge on Mourinho, the Bundesliga player-of-the-season has the rare chance to prove his former manager wrong, something very few have achieved.
With offers from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain rejected, De Bruyne seemed determined to return to the Premier League, and has joined a Manchester City squad who already look destined to win the league just four games in.
However, the Belgian will have to overcome José Mourinho’s reasoning for the sale: the necessity to play in a team in which he’ll know he’ll play every game.
At Wolfsburg, De Bruyne was the star man, playing in his favoured role behind the striker, and the Belgian amassed 20 goals and 33 assists in just 20 months. However, De Bruyne will be aware of the challenge to walk straight into the City team.
City’s most easily replaced attacker is Jesús Navas, but with the Spaniard currently occupying the right-wing, and another Spaniard thriving in the middle, De Bruyne might be forced to start life back in the Premier League with no guarantee. Something which concerned Mourinho.
However, the former Chelsea man claimed to be heavily motivated by Mourinho’s criticism whilst in Germany and has now claimed that he has “no excuses” to not succeed in the blue side of Manchester.
With a poor start to the season, and a baffling stance in the transfer market, the last thing Mourinho needs is another headache just one month in.
The Portuguese has already had enough publicised regrets in the media this season, and watching De Bruyne add to a City title challenge would only hurt further.
With Pedro providing the only ray of light at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho certainly has some work to do in order to rejuvenate his out-of-form squad.
Papy Djilobodji, a Senegalese defender from Nantes, seems to have been chosen as an alternative to John Stones, who has so far failed to push through a transfer from Everton.
With a record-breaking De Bruyne returning, and a struggling squad beside him, Mourinho has a tough task in order to avoid becoming The Embarrassed One.
A manager who will definitely be sitting happier, Manuel Pellegrini, has been very complimentary of his new man,
“It takes a special footballer to improve our squad and I have no doubt that Kevin De Bruyne is one of those.”
De Bruyne, who made just nine appearances before being sold by Chelsea, has also been very optimistic about his future.
“I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles”
There is very little doubt that this transfer will be one of the major stories of the season, and almost all of the Premier League are waiting to see how José Mourinho will react.