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Man-City star Kevin De Bruyne’s mansion ransacked by burglars as he was training in Saudi Arabia


Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne's home in Belgium was reportedly ransacked by robbers during a break-in on Saturday.


The footballing ace, his wife Michele and their three children were not at the property during the burglary at his 70-acre mansion.


Belgian news outlet HLN said that various items had been taken from the secluded property in Bolderberg, but no further details were released.


The robbers allegedly used a stepladder to reach the first floor and get inside.


De Bruyne, 32, bought the sprawling estate in 2015, which now has a pool, jacuzzi and basketball court.


HLN reported that De Bruyne and his family rarely use the property as they spend most of their time at their pad in Wilmslow, Cheshire.


The Belgian midfielder had flown to Saudi Arabia with his City teammates ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday evening after a 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.


He missed the match due to a hamstring injury but still departed as part of Pep Guardiola's 23-man squad to the Middle East.


The injury required surgery but hopes are growing that the City legend will return to action soon.


Over the weekend, he said: "It's going really well. I had surgery – it was a big injury. But we're getting closer – closer to the new year."


City are gearing up to play Japan's Urawa Reds in their semi-final clash on Tuesday.


It comes as former Man United boss Jose Mourinho insisted he never wanted to sell de Bruyne while he was Chelsea manager but the player allegedly forced an exit.

None of his family were home at the time of the break-in


The now 32-year-old spent two years at Stamford Bridge between 2012-2014 and clocked just nine senior appearances before heading for Wolsburg.


Only 18 months later, De Bruyne returned to England to play for Man City.


However, Mourinho has now spoken out about he desperately wanted to keep the midfielder.


Speaking to the Obi One Podcast, he recalled: “[Chelsea said] Kevin should go on loan to a German club, and I told the club ‘No, I don’t want him on loan, I want him with me’.


“He stayed with me and he starts the Premier League playing in the starting XI. After that game, we played the European Super Cup in Prague against Bayern Munich, and he didn’t play that game.


“The next day, he wants to leave! And then we played the second game of the season at Old Trafford against Manchester United, we drew 0-0.


"He was on the bench, Kevin played some minutes and it was not enough for him. So he wanted to leave."


After years of jibes over losing the future Premier League star, Mourinho added: “Kids do decisions like that because they cannot wait or have the patience to wait for the right moment.


"And sometimes their career goes in the wrong direction.”


Credit: thesun

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