The Belgian international was with Lille at the time and was recommended to the Spanish giants by Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, before eventually joining the Londoners in June 2012 for a reported €40m.
“Mourinho told me he had said to Lille that he wanted me, but it was my intention to remain in France until I was 21 when my game had matured.
“At the time I was aged 19 or 20. Madrid is a fantastic team but I still had to prove myself in the French League.
“I stayed because I didn’t want to leave too soon,” he told reporters.
Read the original article on FootballEspana