uses cookies to provide a better service to our users. By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies. Click "OK" to hide this message. Alternatively, click "TELL ME MORE" for more information.

LATEST NEWS 18:30 Liverpool vs Sevilla: Confirmed line-ups Will Liverpool lift one of Europe's most important trophies and will they qualify for next season's Champions ... 13:45 West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool: Confirmed line-ups Liverpool are away at West Bromwich Albion days before their season's most important game of the season ...

Antonio Conte gives important update on Diego Costa's future at Chelsea Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the future of striker Diego Costa is uncertain. The Spaniard is currently ruled out with a back injury that is expected to keep him... - Read article
Jose Mourinho gives important transfer update on two midfield players Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says all the players in his squad will enjoy regular first-team football this season, including midfielders Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini. The... - Read article
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: My personal message to the Manchester United fans Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he only has "positive vibes" after training at the Aon Training Complex in Carrington. The former Sweden international made his... - Read article

Newcastle United
15/05 vs 5-1

15/05 vs 1-1
Leicester City

Chelsea Jersey
» News

Jose Mourinho: I never expected Cesc Fabregas to join Chelsea


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he was surprised when former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas accepted to join the club.

The Spaniard became one of Chelsea's most important players since his arrival from Barcelona after Arsenal turned down a first option to buy him.

And Mourinho says the arrival of the 27-year-old was an unexpected one.

"As a kid he was a fantastic player here," he said.

"He played a final against us, I think 2006, I think something like that when he was 18-19.

"And our midfield in that day was [Michael] Essien, [Claude] Makelele, [Frank] Lampard and [Michael] Ballack and he was playing for Arsenal and he was playing fantastic.

"So since he was 18-19, everybody knew how good he is.

"I never felt that it could work with me because when I was at Chelsea he was at a rival, Arsenal, when I was at Real Madrid he was at a rival, Barcelona so it was unexpected the fact that he wanted to come to England, to Chelsea.

"Unexpected yes, but fantastic for our team yes too because it changed the profile of our team since his arrival.

"Of course you work hard for that and also with the contribution of other players but we were waiting for a player with his characteristics to change a little bit our profile of play.

"And we are happy with the way he adapted for us."

Featured in article
Cesc Fabregas, Jose Mourinho