“He is Chelsea” – Jose Mourinho
Following claims made by Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, that Cesc Fabregas was eager to return to the Emirates this summer, Jose Mourinho has announced that ‘even if he did, he doesn’t any more’.
The controversial Chelsea boss said, “I think he loves Chelsea already. He’s so happy. The way he plays, the way he’s a member of the squad, the way he lives in this little blue village. It is like he’s here for a long time.”
“If you ask him now if he regrets the move, I’m sure he’d say no. If you ask him if he’d choose a different option, he’d say no.
“If you ask him where he thinks he’ll be in five years, he’d say he sees himself here in five years. He is Chelsea.”
Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2003, at the age of 16, and quickly broke into the first-team. Eight years later, Fabregas felt that it was finally time to return to his boyhood club and made a £30 million switch back to the Nou Camp. However, Fabregas’ time at Barcelona wasn’t as he expected it to be. A player so used to being a key part of the Arsenal set-up, he found himself playing second fiddle to Andres Iniesta and Xavi, spent a lot of time on the bench and was often made to play out of his preferred centre midfield position.
Rumour began to circulate last summer when David Moyes, then Manchester United boss, attempted to prey on Fabregas’ troubles and snap him up. It wasn’t until the following summer that Fabregas decided enough was enough.
It was well documented that Arsenal has first refusal on Fabregas, should Barcelona wish to sell, and it seemed certain that Fabregas would be joining Mesut Ozil in a new-look Arsenal attack. However, Arsenal refused and he made the switch to their London rivals, Chelsea.
The reason: Ozil, as Wenger explained. The Arsenal boss said, “When he left, we bought Ozil. We were not in need of offensive players.”
Despite his reasons, Arsenal fans were still hurt by the news that their former captain would be joining a direct rival. His Barcelona move was understandable – they were his childhood club and undoubtedly the best club in the world at the time – but a move to Chelsea was a knife in the back of his former club.
They will now have to travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday knowing that Fabregas could very well be, considering the amount of assists he has provided already this season, the man who ruins their day.