Chelsea's new £30m man Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Blues boss Jose Mourinho persuaded him a move to Stamford Bridge was right both parties in record time, but conceded he had doubts the switch was right for him prior to that conversation.
Fabrgeas was officially confimed as Mourinho's first summer signing on Thursday night on a five-year deal, leaving Arsenal fans devastated that their former captain will significantly strengthen a direct title rival next season and beyond.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to re-sign Fabregas and snubbed the buy-back clause in his contract, despite having first refusal on a player he brought to the Premier League so successfully as a 16-year-old.
Despite admitting Arsenal turned him down Fabregas is adamant that a Premier League return was his priority over learning Barca boss Luis Enrique sanctioned his sale, which led to an illuminating conversation with Mourinho.
Fabregas told The Guardian: “I wanted to go back to the Premier League and I had to think about what my options were then. I had many very good offers, the logical options.
"I spoke to José Mourinho and he told me that he wanted me there. He convinced me very, very quickly. He told me what I wanted to hear; he won me over and convinced me. It was very quick. I am very happy, very satisfied and I think it will all go phenomenally well.”
The curious case of Fabregas and his future is now finally over and leaves Chelsea, not Arsenal or Manchester United, with a proven world-class performer who was quite surprisingly deemed surplus to requirements by Barca chiefs frustrated with a trophyless campaign at the Camp Nou.
Chelsea will have the chance to partner Fabregas with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Nemanja Matic in a frighteningly-talented midfield next term, all in support of new £32m Diego Costa if and when his move to West London is finalised.
Mourinho clearly means business this summer and is determined to build a Chelsea squad capable of challenging for every single trophy with success next season, with Fabregas now a pivotal part of that plan.
Wenger meanwhile has clearly placed his faith in Mesut Ozi and Aaron Ramsey to step up and deliver in the big matches, creating a sub-plot that could well define next season's battle for Premier League supremacy in London and beyond.