Mourinho’s Fab claim

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho maintains it took him only 20 minutes to convince Cesc Fabregas to sign from Barcelona — and claims the former Arsenal captain never wanted to move back to his old club.

The Blues brought in Fabregas before the World Cup.

Arsenal had first option to bring Fabregas back to the club he left in 2007, which manager Arsene Wenger passed up as he pursued other targets.

Mourinho, though, feels Stamford Bridge was always the midfielder’s preferred destination.

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


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