New Chelsea man Cesc Fabregas has revealed how he was convinced by manager Jose Mourinho to join the team.
Fabregas, speaking at his first interview for the club’s in-house TV station, says he was convinced by Jose Mourinho’s decision to visit him instead of watching his son’s final football match.
“Once I spoke to the boss — to Jose, when he came on a Sunday afternoon, missing his son’s final game — came to see me instead of watching him, so I know he made a great effort,” Fabregas said with the hint of a smile. “He told me exactly what he wanted from me. He gave me a lift, he made me believe that he wanted me in a very good way, so all of the things together, I became sure that that was the best option for me.”
Mourinho and his son, Jose Jr., are very close. The Chelsea manager even included a special thanks to his 14-year-old, who was a regular at Stamford Bridge throughout the season, in his final program notes of the last campaign. So it seems Fabregas took this as a high compliment.
Mourinho told his version of how Chelsea landed the former Arsenal captain a few days earlier. From the Guardian:
“I spoke with him for 20 minutes,” Mourinho said, speaking in his role as a football expert and ambassador for BT Sport. “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.”