According to ex-recruiter Newton, De Bruyne and Salah never made it at Chelsea due to a “personality clash” with Mourinho.


According to ex-recruiter Newton, De Bruyne and Salah never made it at Chelsea due to a “personality clash” with Mourinho.

Because of personality disputes with Jose Mourinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah never made it at Chelsea.

According to Eddie Newton, the former chief of the Blues’ lending department.

Both players spent time on the periphery of Stamford Bridge’s first team before being sold.

However, they have since returned to Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, and have established themselves as two of the best players in the world.

Newton, on the other hand, believes their Chelsea exits had little to do with ability and were caused by their relationships with the Special One.

“I don’t think Salah and De Bruyne were about talent,” the 49-year-old told Goal.

“With Jose Mourinho, there was a personality conflict.” At the time, I just didn’t think it was working.

“I believe they were more than adequate. But because the management did not agree with them, it was not going to work.” GET INVOLVED IN SUN VEGAS: WITH THOUSANDS OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED, GET A FREE £10 BONUS (Ts&Cs apply) Salah went to West London in 2014 for £11 million after an excellent two years with Basel in Switzerland.

He was finally loaned out to Fiorentina in 2015 after only three Premier League games, and then Roma purchased him permanently in August 2016.

The Egyptian was only a permanent Roma player for a year before opting to join Liverpool the following summer.

Before Salah, De Bruyne played with the Blues for two years, from 2012 to 2014, after coming from Belgian side Genk.

He spent the 2012-13 season on loan with Werder Bremen before returning to Blues for six months before joining Wolfsburg on a permanent basis in January 2014.

De Bruyne explained what transpired to the Players’ Tribune in 2019: “Mourinho texted me and said, ‘You are staying.’ I’d like for you to be a part of this group.’ ‘OK, wonderful,’ I thought. I’m a part of his plans.’

“Jose summoned me to his office in December, and that was the second major turning point in my life.

“He was holding some papers and stated, ‘One assist. Zero goals.’ ‘There have been ten recoveries.’ It took me a moment to figure out what he was up to.

“After that, he began reading the statistics of the other attacking forwards – Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata, and Andre Schürrle.” And it’s something along those lines – five goals, ten assists, whatever.

“Jose was waiting for me to say something, and I finally responded, ‘But… some of these guys have played 15, 20 games.’ I’ve only played three of them thus far. So it’ll be different, right?”‘ Brinkwire Brief News: Mourinho provided his own view of…


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