The Manchester United manager has been blamed for allowing the Belgian to slip the net at Stamford Bridge.
And De Bruyne recalled a flashpoint in 2014 to The Times: “I just said I can play. I have no statistics – two games, what do you want me to do?
“I had a feeling I wasn’t even going to play. Even if he said you’re going to play more games, from two games I was maybe going to go to five. It was, for me, a good decision to leave.
“For them, in the end, it was also a good decision. They sold me for more money for a player who didn’t play.
“I played in Germany for a good year [at Bremen on loan], so that’s why my value went up. But I went to Wolfsburg just to play football. I hate it when I cannot contribute.”