Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas says he was convinced in a move to Chelsea over a move to former side Arsenal after one encounter with then manager José Mourinho. He also revealed that he snubbed the advances of Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The former Spain international left Arsenal to join his boyhood club in 2011. After a long transfer saga, Barca finally got Fabregas After two years of trying. Three years after leaving the Emirates stadium, the midfielder wanted a reunion with former club Arsenal. He captained the club before he departed in 2011. He stated that Arsenal was the first club on his mind when he decided to leave Barcelona. But then Arsenal manager Arsenal Wenger left the Spaniard hanging according to the player.

When there were uncertainties about the prospect of moving back to Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid came calling. But the decision to move to West London was a simple one as the player admitted he was convinced by Jose Mourinho after a single meeting. He stated that Mourinho made it known to him that he will be an important part of his side, the players said those words got to him. Fabregas also said that he couldn’t let the chance to return to London pass.

Fabregas won two league titles with the Blues. He won the first title under Jose Mourinho, while he was an integral part of Antonio Conte’s all conquering machine.

Fabregas was declared surplus to requirements when Mauricio Sarri took over. He fell down the pecking order, as Kante and Jorginho were chosen ahead of the former Arsenal captain.

The 32-year-old had offers from MLS, middle East and Scotland- Rangers Glasgow before he decided to move to Monaco in January 2019.


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