The following season, he was promoted to Genk's second team, for whom he scored five goals in one half of a game.
De Bruyne, then a 20-year-old, found himself competing with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Brazilian global Oscar for a spot in the attacking triumvirate behind the striker in Mourinho's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. But Mourinho said no. "The amount of games we have had - Brighton, and three days later the Champions League, and now here, and the way we played for 75 or 80 minutes was really good".
"But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice".
'So I went to Werder Bremen in 2012, and that season went great.
"We'll have to win every game if we want to make back-to-back titles, we know that, and the players have shown they want to do it".
"I didn't think he'd be a bad guy, really". A text from Mourinho informed him he was part of his plans for the season.
De Bruyne started two of the first four league games of the 2013-14 season, but soon fell out of favour with Mourinho and was dropped to the bench.
"Raheem and I have this strong connection, because we arrived at City around the same time, and there was a lot of negativity about us in the press".
"After the fourth game, that was it". I didn't get an explanation. We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan.
"With Pep Guardiola, we are witnessing an wonderful title race, the two teams play the right way, the managers perform the right way".
Though De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg the next month, he insists he has no problem with the way his career at the London club came to an end. You threw me in the garbage. I was just out of favor for some reason.
Both players joined the club in summer 2015 on big-money deals, and the Belgian remembers holding reservations about the England worldwide before they met.
'Chelsea got more than double the price they paid for me, and I got into a much better situation at Wolfsburg'.