De Bruyne scored 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen before returning to Stamford Bridge, when the then Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp - now in charge of City's title rivals Liverpool - wanted to sign him.
De Bruyne has shone for City since joining in 2015, but he originally struggled in England having spent a spell with Chelsea.
"I can only say what everyone else knows". I had never met him, and from what I'd read about him in the English press, I thought he was going to be a very different character.
The Reds went back to the top of the table with a 2-0 home win over Chelsea on Sunday.
'I think Jose was a bit disappointed, but to be fair to him, I think he also understood that I absolutely needed to play. A bit of a d***head, maybe? No doubts. Why should I not trust them to continue [handling the nerves]?More news: Chelsea manager picks out positives from the Liverpool loss: Were there any?
It means City remain two points behind but, crucially, they have a game in hand, and Guardiola believes they can not afford a single slip-up during the run-in. We've played with incredible personality in all the games, including the Champions League games. What's the story here?'
"This is the real truth: Raheem is one of the nicest, most humble guys I've met in football."He couldn't be more different from what the tabloids were saying.
"Truthfully, I don't have many close friends - inside or outside of football".
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. The England worldwide has scored 21 goals in all competitions and is in the running to win the Player of the Year award.
The following month, De Bruyne joined Wolfsburg for £18m.More news: Christians mark Palm Sunday | Religion 2019-04-15
He added: "When I arrived for preseason, the vibe was good".
De Bruyne wrote for The Players' Tribune: "I am a brutally honest person".
De Bruyne started two of the first four league games of the 2013-14 season, but soon fell out of favour with Mourinho and was dropped to the bench. I said, 'I feel like the club doesn't really want me here. I didn't get an explanation.
"In the end, I should have just said "thank you".
José called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me. He had some papers in front of him, and he said, "One assist. Zero goals. Ten recoveries". "It takes me a really long time to open up to people", the former Chelsea and Wolfsburg man said. "I want you to be part of this team". "I'd rather you sell me'".More news: Stacey Dooley breaks silence over Kevin Clifton scandal