Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne had the opportunity to complete a move to Borussia Dortmund, only for Jose Mourinho to stand in his way.
The Belgian international joined VfL Wolfsburg for £17m during the January transfer window after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
De Bruyne only returned to Chelsea last summer after an excellent loan campaign with Werder Bremen but quickly found himself at odds with Mourinho during his short stay in west London.
A number of clubs in the Bundesliga were keen on De Bruyne before the season began and the 22-year-old has revealed that a move to Dortmund was close to being sealed after agreeing personal terms with Jurgen Klopp's side - until the Chelsea boss intervened.
"Mourinho said no," he told Bild. "This is professional football, where there is a lot of money involved. So sometimes strange decisions are made."
Bild go onto suggest Mourinho was unwilling to sell the player to Dortmund after they refused to negotiate a deal with the Blues for Robert Lewandowski. 'The Special One' was reportedly left frustrated with Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke who refused to negotiate with the Premier League club, forcing Chelsea to drop their interest in the striker.
The Poland international has since agreed to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season when his contract at the Westfalenstadion expires.
Following his return to Stamford Bridge Mourinho initially insisted that De Bruyne and his compatriot Romelu Lukaku would be involved in the first team. The former Real Madrid boss would eventually relent on the latter, allowing the striker to join Everton on a season long loan, but De Bruyne remained.
He would make just six Premier League appearances for the club, however, and was at one point ordered to train with the under-21 side after a disappointing performance against Swindon in the Capital One Cup.
De Bruyne has been a regular starter for Wolfsburg following his January move as the club eye Champions League qualification.