De Bruyne said: "I kicked the ball against the fence for hours, and I remember at some point I actually said out loud, 'Everything is going to be OK".
As for Sterling, what a player he's developed into.
Coupled with his form on the pitch the England worldwide is one of the leading candidates for this year's Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year Award.
The pair combined to score Man City's first goal in their 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday, De Bruyne playing a ideal pass and Sterling finishing well. After impressing during his second spell in Germany, City signed him in the summer of 2015.
And after holding talks with Mourinho in his office, De Bruyne opted to quit to Chelsea, to enable him play more regularly in another club.More news: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reveals what went wrong with plan against Liverpool
"There was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho", De Bruyne, 27, told the Players' Tribune. I thought he was going to be a very different character. I'd rather you sell me.' I think Jose was a bit disappointed, but to be fair to him, I think he also understood that I absolutely needed to play.
The Belgium worldwide has had a really bad run of form for nearly 18 months now, with confidence lacking in front of goal not being helped by a raft of injuries. A bit of a d***head, maybe?
"But over time I got closer to Raheem, because our sons were born around the same time, so they would always play together". "They said you're too quiet. They said you were hard". Every team is fighting for something and there's a lot more pressure on you. I knew we would produce a good performance here. It's easier when you are in front in a game. You can't help it.
'We want to go as far as possible in the Champions League and we're taking it right to the wire in the Premier League, whether we win it or not remains to be seen, ' added Robertson. What's the story here? "But, unfortunately, that cloud still followed me around for a long time". "We've played every three days [through] December, January and February, but, even if we are not fresh, we have the personality for the games". I really got to know Raheem, and I recognized what a smart and genuine person he is. He couldn't be more different.
"This is the real truth: Raheem is one of the nicest, most humble guys I've met in football."
"He had some papers in front of him, and he said: "One assist". But you're actually quite amusing'. So I said, 'No.More news: Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on fire - firefighters
"I can only say what everyone else knows".
'I was completely honest.
"He looked at me like, 'Mate!'"
The perception of Sterling has shifted in the time since he left Liverpool as a precocious teenager and his outspoken views on racism, in addition to the way he has handled abuse on the pitch, have earned him much praise.
"So I thought, OK, great".More news: PCB conducts players' fitness tests for World Cup 2019
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