Kevin de Bruyne has revealed he only spoke to Jose Mourinho twice while playing under the Portuguese at Chelsea.
The 26-year-old joined the west Londoners in 2012 when Roberto Di Matteo was in charge, but was immediately shipped out on loan to Werder Bremen.
When the midfielder returned to Chelsea, Mourinho held the reins.
De Bruyne only managed to accrue nine appearances under the now-Manchester United boss before he was sold to Wolfsburg in January for £18million.
The midfielder is now rated as one of the best footballers in the world and is a strong favourite for this season’s PFA Player of the Year award.
When asked to describe his relationship with former boss Mourinho, De Bruyne told the Premier League Show: “I would say…distant.
“I’m not really someone who speaks a lot with coaches.
“I think if a coach wants to speak with you then you just do it.
“He’s the boss.
“You can be good with each other but still there’s distance between a coach and a player.
“I only spoke with him twice, that’s when I wanted to leave to go to Dortmund in the beginning of the summer, and then the second meeting I just said, ‘for me it’s better to go, I want to play football’.”