KEVIN DE BRUYNE has torn into Chelsea over their controversial loan system, saying that is the reason why he left.
Manchester City star De Bruyne joined the London club on deadline day in January 2012 but stayed at Genk on loan for the remainder of the season.
After finishing the season strongly, he was farmed out to Werder Bremen on loan the following year, where again he performed well.
But upon returning to Chelsea he was limited to just a handful of appearances and left the club in January 2014 for Wolfsburg in an £18m deal.
The Belgian star shone in the Bundesliga and earned a return to the Premier League via a £55m move to Man City.
Ever since, his stock has risen to one of the best players in the world and last weekend he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge for the Citizens.
And he has since twisted the knife after delivering a sucker punch jibe about Chelsea’s transfer policy.
He said: “After those experiences, I’d rather wanted to be sold.
“Otherwise, I would end up in the same situation all over again: playing well on loan, returning to your parent club and then, every year again, feel like the young player back from loan who still has everything to prove.”
“That’s something I didn’t want to experience for the third time in a row.”
“Let’s say that I would perform well at Wolfsburg, that I would play a good World Cup and that I would return to Chelsea afterwards with the same status that I had before.”
“No, I didn’t fancy that. I decided to leave on a permanent basis.”
“At Chelsea they wanted me to stay, but I had the feeling I wouldn’t get a fair chance.”
That’s why I wanted to move to a club that wanted to pay Chelsea’s asking price.”
Chelsea currently have 34 players out on loan and the system has been criticised.
Current first-team stars Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christiansen are both examples of how it can pay off, but in De Bruyne’s case it can also show how it can backfire.
City are currently in fine form this season, topping the Premier League table after six wins in seven.