Logo
20th-Jul-2014

Mourinho taunts Arsenal over Fabregas deal

By AFP, London

Jose Mourinho has taunted Arsenal by claiming he needed just 20 minutes to persuade Cesc Fabregas to join Chelsea because the former Gunners midfielder didn't want to return to his old club.
Mourinho signed Fabregas from Barcelona for 27 million ($46 million) earlier in the close-season despite Arsenal having first option to take back the Spain star.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly didn't want to re- sign Fabregas because he was happy with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta as main central midfielders.
But Blues boss Mourinho, who has had many verbal jousts with Wenger, couldn't resist the chance to tweak his rival as he insisted Fabregas had no interest in a reunion with the club he left to join Barcelona in 2011.
"I spoke with him 20 minutes. I think he really wanted to come to us," said Mourinho, who was talking at a BT Sport question and answer session in London on Friday.
"As you know, 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."
Mourinho wasn't finished with Arsenal just yet and he also aimed a jab at Wilshere after the England midfielder was pictured smoking in Las Vegas recently.
"What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching," Mourinho said.
"I am not a specialist obviously, but I don't think if a football player smokes one cigar or cigarette with friends in the summer when he is not training-I don't think it affects his
performance.