Jose Mourinho has described exactly why he was so keen to bring former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea this summer.
The Blues moved for the Barcelona playmaker after the Camp Nou club decided he was surplus to requirements as new manager Luis Enrique instigates a rebuild of an ageing and jaded squad.
Fabregas opted for Chelsea after it became clear that Arsenal would not be taking up the option to sign him they had inserted into the deal that took him to Barcelona three years ago and Mourinho has now spoken of how he thinks the 27-year-old was the perfect addition to the Stamford Bridge squad.
“He is the kind of player we need. Not just for his qualities as a player but also his competitive personality,” the Portuguese is quoted as telling ITV by the Express.
"He is a player in the best years of his career – 26, 27, 28. He knows England well, he knows the Premiership well, so he will not need time to adapt.
"I think he is the kind of player who will come and train for a couple of weeks and be ready to prove himself."
The ideal signing
Fabregas announced that he had opted for Chelsea before the start of the World Cup in what was a deal worth a reported £27million – it was also a deal that upset a vast number of Arsenal fans.
Some Gooners even resorted to burning their old Fabregas shirts after the deal was announced, but their fury was misplaced because it was no secret that the Spain international would have preferred to return to Emirates Stadium.
Fabregas openly admitted he sought a move to Arsenal when he decided it was time to leave Barcelona, but that Wenger told him he was not needed at the north London club.
“Move to Chelsea? I have nothing to say. I decided it was time to leave Barça and I looked for the best option for me,” he told a Spanish radio station.
“Arsenal was first option, but Wenger said he had Özil at my position. I had two or three other options in England, Mourinho won me over.”
As much as Arsenal fans will be pained to hear it, everyone involved in the decision to take Fabregas to Chelsea made the correct decision, without letting emotion dictate – something fans are often unable to do.
Arsenal didn't need Fabregas
Wenger has Mesut Özil and spent good money to get him from Real Madrid, so now must build the team around his incredible talent. The German has already shown glimpses of brilliance and the Arsenal boss must plan with the expectation that he will improve in his second season.
With his preferred move off the table, Fabregas must then make the best decision for himself, which was Chelsea in this case. His family situation means London was always going to be his first option and he was wise not to let pride get in the way after a public war of words with Mourinho.
The same can be said for the Portuguese, who is no stranger to making enemies and he swallowed his pride to make the best move for Chelsea.
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