Jose Mourinho believes summer signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa could form the core of Chelsea’s team for the next seven years.
The pair have hit the ground running since arriving at Stamford Bridge over the summer - and Mourinho believes the pair could help usher in a new era of success for the rest of the decade.
Costa has nine goals in seven Premier League games already - although he is now out of action through injury - while Fabregas has seven assists to his name. They have combined to help Chelsea remain unbeaten at the top of the table with eight games gone, and they take on Manchester United next.
Mourinho says the pair are crucial to his long-term plans, and that he had to bide his time to land them. He told ITV: "We think Diego and Fabregas are players for the next five, six, seven years at the club because they are so good and adapted to what we need."
He added: "It is good to wait for the right player instead of doing it [buying] if you are not happy, even if you do it [continue] without the right player. So wait until you can get the right one and if you can't do it in that moment, wait.
"So we wait for a striker, we wait for a midfield player, and we got Diego and we got Cesc. And I learned don't be in a hurry and wait for the right ones."
The Blues resume their Champions League campaign this outfit against Maribor, where they will be without Costa.
The striker missed Chelsea’s weekend win over Crystal Palace and is now struggling to make the showdown with Manchester United on Sunday. Logic Remy or Didier Drogba will deputise in his place.
What's the Mata?
And finally former Chelsea ace Juan Mata has hit out at Jose Mourinho. The Manchester United playmaker, who was sold last year, says he had no relationship with the Special One - but was full of praise for Louis van Gaal.
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