What further tainted the player was Mourinho's insistence that he simply wasn't ready enough for regular first team Premier League football.
There is, however, a buy-back clause in his contract which means Chelsea could still return and not break the bank like United did for Paul Pogba or they did themselves for Nemanja Matic.
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Chelsea return to Premier League action after the worldwide break with a crunch clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
De Bruyne also recounted the joy expressed by the City players in the changing room after his thunderbolt victor against Chelsea, saying: "I was in there".
Chelsea are infamous for shipping the majority of young players out around Europe and have the most players out on loan than any other club.
City beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home on Tuesday, while Chelsea had to travel to Spain for their win against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, meaning the Manchester side had an extra 24 hours to rest and hone their game-plan for the trip to the Bridge. But I thought a little more of my family, and after that I can return because I am still young.
"That's something I didn't want to experience for the third time in a row". There was also Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan. This is in the future, which nobody knows, but right now I am very happy to have made this decision'. But I opted for Shanghai and afterwards I can still return to Europe'.