Reliable journalist: De Bruyne agreed personal terms to sign for Jurgen Klopp

By Alex Stevens

Kevin De Bruyne’s biggest professional regret is not signing for Jurgen Klopp in 2013, according to a reliable journalist.

Belgian reporter Kristoff Terreur claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that the Manchester City playmaker was on the fringes of the Chelsea squad three years ago when Klopp attempted to sign him when in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

Beglium international De Bruyne agreed personal terms with Dortmund as Klopp aimed to build a midfield around him and Ilkay Gundogan.

Terreur, who is Belgian newspaper HLN’s Premier League correspondent and has close links to the Belgium players based in England, says the transfer was close but Chelsea pulled the plug on the deal.

He said De Bruyne subsequently “regretted not pushing for the Dortmund move”, and that it was the only time in the career of the 25-year-old that he had not followed his gut instinct.

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De Bruyne joined Chelsea from Genk in January 2012 but had little involvement before joining Werder Bremen on loan for the whole of the 2012-13 season.

He then returned to Stamford Bridge but had barely any playing time under manager Jose Mourinho before an £18million move to Wolfsburg in January 2014.

The attacking midfielder developed into one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding players before his landmark £54million transfer in the summer of 2015 to Manchester City, and has lit up the Premier League over the last 12 months.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have lined up a January swoop for an emerging Bundesliga star.