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De Bruyne does not have “bad feelings” towards Chelsea despite the lack of playing time and the snub of the 2012 Champions League final


The Belgian midfielder had a deal with the Blues ahead of their historic European success, but he was not invited to the game.

Kevin De Bruyne does not have “bad feelings” towards Chelsea although he was forced to leave Stamford Bridge due to lack of playing time and missed an invitation to the 2012 Champions League final.

The Belgian midfielder agreed to move to Stamford Bridge in January of the same year and was ready to team up with the Blues when they faced Bayern Munich in a Continental showpiece at the Allianz Arena.

De Bruyne was not invited to take part in this race as the Blues have claimed a historic triumph, with the Manchester City superstar now looking to create his own European memories facing his former club in another final on Saturday.

What was said?

Asked about 2012 and its association with Chelsea as they demanded a prestigious piece of silverware, De Bruyne said The sun: “I wasn’t there. I don’t think I was invited. To be honest, I don’t remember much.

“With the Champions League finals, sometimes I watch them – sometimes not. It just depends on the situation. I don’t really remember that one.”

Asked if this will make a trip to Porto this weekend very special, with just nine appearances for Chelsea before he passedDe Bruyne added: “Not really.

“I don’t really have bad feelings towards them. It was a part of my life that happened. It was a good step for me but I just wanted to play.

“People think of the few months I didn’t play, but before that I had done the preseason, I was loaned to my old team and to Germany. I grew up as a that player.

“Then I came back and didn’t play much so I made a decision and in the end everyone was happy with it. So I don’t think anyone considers this a bad decision.”

Is De Bruyne quite fit for final service?

Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2020-21

Insignificant hits in recent weeks had cast doubt on De Bruyne’s involvement in the final Champions League clash with Chelsea.

Three separate hits were suffered, with knee, calf and hamstring complaints limiting his playing time.

The 29-year-old has, however, played the full 90 minutes as Everton was crushed 5-0 on the last weekend of the Premier League season and he is eager to go as City look for a first triumph in the European Cup.

De Bruyne said of his fitness: “I could have played against Brighton but the manager decided not to include me.

“But I’m happy I got to play the 90s against Everton and show I’m in a good rhythm.”

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