I only spoke to Mourinho twice at Chelsea - De Bruyne

Tottenham Hotspur Survive Manchester City Thriller To Reach Champions League Semis

"Before I came to Manchester City, I didn't really know what to make of this Raheem Sterling guy", the Belgium midfielder wrote in a piece in The Players' Tribune.

City revel in the numbers game: Manchester City penned another memorable chapter in what is becoming a remarkable 2018/19 campaign with Sunday's impressive 3-1 triumph at Crystal Palace.

It took me a minute to understand what he was doing. We had a bit of a conversation about me going back out on loan.

"I was completely honest".

"You could feel it, they are all on their toes, so let's try to do that seven more times and then we see what we get for it". To be fair, he's even more intense about football than I am.

That January, he was sold to Wolfsburg for £18 million. I want you to be part of this team.' So I thought, ' OK, great. So the club ended up selling me, and there was no big problem at all.

"So whether or not we achieve the impossible, this wave we've been on - it should be appreciated by anyone who truly loves football, I think".

Kevin De Bruyne's path to becoming one of the best footballers in the world could have been so different if it wasn't for the stubbornness of Jose Mourinho.

De Bruyne said: "Mourinho texted me, "You are staying". Sometimes you miss, you have to forget about it and go for the next one.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their second goal.

City, however, sealed the deal with their third of the match as De Bruyne latched on to a poor pass from defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka before feeding substitute Gabriel Jesus who finished emphatically.

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"Over time, I got closer to Raheem, because our sons were born around the same time, so they would always play together".

"The players have shown me they want to do it - I didn't have any doubts about that - and we have taken three points from a very hard place to win", said Guardiola.

"I said, 'I have a dry humor'".

Captain Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, De Bruyne and Leroy Sane returned among four changes and City quickly settled into total control of the game.

"Selhurst Park is always hard, not just for the stadium itself but for the quality of the players they have".

"No matter what, I am not coming back home a failure".

The Belgium global has had a really bad run of form for nearly 18 months now, with confidence lacking in front of goal not being helped by a raft of injuries.

"I am so proud of what the boys did today, and I loved, loved, loved the atmosphere - it was outstanding what the people did today".

"Of course, when you read this stuff about yourself, you think, 'Me?"

"It's amusing to see the change in how people treat you in football when you're doing well".

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