Mourinho reveals Fabregas didn’t want to go back to Arsenal

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By Opeyemi Oladunjoye Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager, José Mourinho claims former barcelona player, Cesc Fábregas never wanted to return to Arsenal and that it was easy to persuade him to join Chelsea.

Fábregas had a clause in his contract at Barcelona that gave Arsenal an advantage but Arsène Wenger told his former captain there was no room for him in his squad. Mourinho has now gone further by suggesting that Chelsea were Fábregas’s first choice once it became clear he had no future in Spain.

“I spoke with him for 20 minutes,” Mourinho said, “I think he really wanted to come to us. As you know Arsenal had an option where they could interfere but I think he was not open to that. He was very much in our direction. It was an easy job for me.”

Mourinho also praised Chelsea for acting decisively in the transfer market after they secured the signing of Filipe Luís from Atlético Madrid on Friday.

The Brazilian left-back has signed a three-year deal and is the second player to leave the Vicente Calderón for Stamford Bridge this summer, with Chelsea having wrapped up the £32m transfer of Diego Costa earlier this month.

“I have to say my club did a fantastic job and not just because of what we bought but a fantastic job because we did it almost in record time,” Mourinho continued.

“The market closes at 31 August and we close our market on 19 July. We finished our market today. The club did fantastic. We knew the targets, we knew the players. The club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage. We got exactly what we need. The squad is a squad I like very much.”

Mourinho reveals he does not expect Chelsea to sign any more players. “The market is open but we are so happy with what we have. We feel our squad is what we want. We don’t want a squad of only finished products. We want to bring to the first team three or four under-21 players. We are going to develop players and are happy with this balance we have.”

He also discussed Brazil’s discouraging World Cup campaign and said he does not think that Ramires, Oscar and Willian will be affected by the 7-1 defeat by Germany in their semi-final.

“I was more worried last season. Last season I felt they were too connected with the World Cup and we were in January, February and March and I was feeling them already there.That really worried me, it was a difficult situation.

“Now it was a big disappointment but you have to move on from that in football. I’m waiting for them and I don’t think it will be a problem. I have to try to use it in a positive way – you didn’t succeed so this season is important for you, let’s change the image and the feelings.”

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