Wolfsburg star Kevin de Bruyne has claimed he failed to make the impact expected at Stamford Bridge because Chelsea paid a small fee to secure his services. He also revealed that manager Jose Mourinho never gave him any explanation about his exile.
The Belgium international moved to West London from Genk for around £6.7m in January 2012 although he remained at the Belgian side until the end of the campaign to complete his development.
Following an impressive loan spell at Werder Bremen he returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 at the same time manager Jose Mourinho took charge of the club for the second time.
But after making only three appearances for the Premier League giants during the first part of the campaign, Mourinho decided to sell him to Wolfsburg for £18m during the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old star has since proved to be a sensation in the Bundesliga and after scoring eight goals and providing 12 assists in just 22 games, reports in January claimed that Manchester United were considering to lure him back to the Premier League.
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking even admitted Louis van Gaal's side were monitoring his situation but his agent blocked any deal until the end of the season.
Now De Bruyne has admitted he would like to return to a giant club in the future, while speaking out about his failure at Chelsea during an interview with Sport-Bild.
"Maybe things would have been different if Chelsea FC had to pay €45m (£32m) and not €8m (£6.7m) when I arrived from Genk," De Bruyne told Sport-BILD weekly.
"A higher transfer fee would have potentially handed me a different sort of status inside the club. And possibly, handed me more chances (to play more regularly)."
"Chelsea FC has not been the best choice at that point in time. Being with Chelsea FC is like being in a different world. Manager Jose Mourinho did not explain to me why I was not playing more regularly for the club."
Meanwhile, asked about his future, he said: "I feel very much at home with VfL Wolfsburg in this very moment. Life in football can be fast-moving. VfL Wolfsburg is not yet like Bayern Munich, of course, and my biggest ambition is to play for a big European club – one I can win trophies with."