De Bruyne eventually left west London to join VfL Wolfsburg in January but said he could have ended up at Signal Iduna Park if Mourinho had have got his man.
"Mourinho said no," the former Werder Bremen loanee told Bild.
"That's what they told me and also my advisor. But that is professional football.
"Where there is a lot of money changing hands, there is also a lot of politics."
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