A former Chelsea assistant manager has seemingly revealed the reason why Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne left the Blues during then-manager Jose Mourinho's tenure.
Liverpool and Manchester City stars Salah and De Bruyne both began their Premier League careers with the Blues. However, their opening spells in England's top flight were not particularly memorable.
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During his stint at Stamford Bridge, Salah had loan spells with Italian clubs Fiorentina and AS Roma, and later sealed a permanent move to the latter for a reported €15 million (R257 million) in 2016.
De Bruyne, meanwhile, had loan spells with his former side Genk as well as Werder Bremen, before making his stay in the Bundesliga permanent with a switch to Wolfsburg in 2014.
Now, former Chelsea assistant coach Eddie Newton has claimed that the pair left Chelsea because of non-footballing reasons.
"For me, I think Salah and De Bruyne [leaving] wasn't about talent. It was a personality clash [with Jose Mourinho]. I just didn't think it was working at the time," Newton told Goal.
"I think they were more than good enough, but it was the manager who didn't see eye to eye with them, so it wasn't going to work."
With the two stars having returned to England, today they are considered among the best footballers in the world, with both of them have been shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award.
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