Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has hailed compatriot Kevin De Bruyne following his performance for Belgium against Bosnia on Thursday night, as per Sky Sports.
European giants Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain were both close to wrapping up a deal for the Belgian star before City stole in, according to agent Patrick de Koster. We flew there with private jets, were picked up in limousines. But in three hours it was all arranged’.
De Koster also revealed there had been interest from other top clubs across Europe.
“We had heard that Bayern took an interest”, De Koster added. “Things then accelerated quickly over the next two days but then Bayern decided not to go ahead with the transfer“.
“Also, PSG was interested”.
“The negotiations dragged on for months but the pieces fell together”.
While the 24-year-old was a roaring success at the Volkswagen Arena, De Bruyne could be termed a failure in his spell at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho has said that he lacked the mentality to scrap for a place in the first eleven.
‘When we met the manager two days ago Kevin was really, really impressed with the project, the people and everything around City, ‘ De Koster said.
‘If you hear from the manager saying you are the player we want, you can only be happy’.
Prior to Thursday evening’s Euro qualifier win, De Bruyne hadn’t played since the 22nd August – he sat out Wolfsburg’s most recent game against Schalke last Friday night as a result of his impending move to England.
He could make his City debut against Crystal Palace on September 12.