Jose Mourinho has aimed a sly dig at Arsenal after suggesting Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea because he wanted to win titles.
The truth behind Arsene Wenger's decision to not bring Fabregas back to Arsenal is one both sets of fans know little about.
Arsenal had a first option on Fabregas meaning they had the chance to sign him ahead of Chelsea when Barcelona decided to sell.
Wenger suggested that the Spain midfielder may have played a bigger role in Arsenal's decision to turn him down then was initially thought.
Mourinho has no furthered that speculation by suggesting it was Fabregas' decision to make the move to Stamford Bridge and he did so because he believed he could win major trophies.
Good projects win titles
He told reporters: “I promised him we’d build a team very adapted to his style of play.
“That he was going to be an important player in our project. And that, normally, good projects end with titles. He was looking for that.”
Fabregas will return to the Emirates for the first time since leaving in 2011 with many expecting a hostile reception from the 60,000 Arsenal fans.
But Mourinho thinks the Arsenal faithful should respect Fabregas in the same way Chelsea respected Frank Lampard upon his return to Stamford Bridge.
He does, however, think the playmaker is prepared to give his best regardless of what the crowd do.
He said: “I don’t see a reason for Fabregas not to have the same.
“But if he has some bad reactions, I think he’s more than ready.”