John Terry has declared his ecstasy at being able to share a pitch with Chelsea's new midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas.
Jose Mourinho was reminded of what he let go when Frank Lampard scored manchester City's equaliser against his former club on Sunday. However, the exit of Chelsea's all-time top goal scorer paved the way for Fabregas to join from Barcelona.
For Chelsea's captain, the signing of Fabregas has added strength to the team. He believes that Chelsea are ready to play attractive football and think Fabregas's style is helping them do just that.
Speaking to Sport magazine, Terry said: 'We have always wanted to play through the midfield, that has not changed. It was the same when Lamps was here. We want to play attractive football.
''Obviously Cesc is a world class player. To have someone so influential from the Spain squad, along with Diego Costa, has been great.
''You can see the qualities Cesc bring to the pitch – he can find passes that others can't. He keeps the ball really well, and he helps us control games."
'When we are playing out from defence, he can help us keep the ball. He is associated with tiki-taka, but at Chelsea we have always played this way; pass the ball, control games, and give ourselves more options going forward.
''He's certainly added to the squad, and that’s why we are stronger now in the department.''
Fabregas's arrival at Stamford Bridge would certainly have shocked a few fans. The former-Arsenal player has had a fair few spats with both Chelsea players and manager Mourinho.
However, Terry has dusted off suggestions that tensions still remain between the two lively characters. In fact the 33-year-old says they laughed about their old bouts, and now believes Fabregas is part of the Chelsea family.
''Obviously we were always competitive when we played against each other, and we had a little laugh about that. But that's what football is all about – the rivalry.
''But now he is one of us; part of the Chelsea family, and he is playing great. In the short time he has been here, he has made a big impression.
''He has a long contract, and we all hope he can bring great success to Chelsea for years to come.''
Fabregas has had a great start to life at Stamford Bridge. Having spent three years with Barcelona in La Liga, the 26-year-old has picked up where he left off, running games from midfield as he once did for Arsenal.
However, his move to Chelsea may never have happened had Arsene Wenger decided to take up his option to sign him. Having come through the youth system in north London, is would be nonsensical to suggest Fabregas would have chosen Chelsea over the Gunners.
Thanks to Arsenal's acquisition of Mesut Ozil the summer previous, Wenger had no option but to let his former captain sign for a rival. Fabregas confirmed as much this week.
"When I decided that my time at Barcelona had ended, I looked for the best option for me," Fabregas said to reporters. "Arsenal was the first option, for contractual reasons. There was a clause that gave them the right to decide.
"We spoke to Wenger and he said that the space was very well filled by Mesut Ozil and it was hard to find a place for both of us in the team."
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