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Frank Lampard has backed Chelsea’s decision to sell Kevin De Bruyne in 2014.
Since leaving Chelsea for Wolfsburg, De Bruyne has developed into one of Europe’s finest midfielders and has even become a better player since moving to Man City in 2015.
He’s currently playing a key role in Pep Guardiola’s team and grabbed the winning goal in Saturday’s game against Chelsea.
Chelsea fans have since revealed their annoyance at the club letting De Bruyne slip off their hands but Lampard has backed the club’s decision to let the midfielder leave.
Speaking after Chelsea’s loss to City on Saturday, Lampard said, as reported by 101 Great Goals:
‘It was a difficult time for the club, you had (Eden) Hazard, Oscar, and Willian had just signed. He wasn’t as good as he is now.’
‘Of course it’s easy to look and say “why did you let him go?”, but he’s gone away and made himself a world class player.’
‘You always wonder about development. He had good pace, good passing, good dribbling, but at that point he couldn’t get into our team.’
‘One thing he had was ambition, he wanted to go away and prove he was a player.’
It is true that De Bruyne wasn’t as good as he is now but one obvious thing was that he had the potential to be even better than some of those players Lampard mentioned.
He deserved more game time, if only he was afforded more minutes at the time, he would have been patient with the club.