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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho signed Cesc Fabregas in 2014, and the Spaniard went on to have a great debut season for the Blues as the team went on to win the Premier League title.

The pair were bitter rivals in Spain when Mourinho was in charge at the Bernabeu and Cesc was playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. But after Fabregas moved to Stamford Bridge, they went on to forge a good relationship.

They will face each other in this weekend’s FA Cup clash but Fabregas has admitted that he will always love Mourinho for the way he treated him when he was the manager.

“I love him,” said Fabregas. “I always say that. I owe him a lot because he brought me here, I will always remember that.

“My first year [in England], Arsene had always treated me like a son, but the closest anyone has been to him was Jose. The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the team from day one.

“This was fantastic and in all the four years since I joined Chelsea now they will always stay with me. It [this experience] is thanks to him.

“Our history of what happened between us — I played for Arsenal and him [managing] Chelsea, Barcelona and him [managing] with Real Madrid — we were confronting each other, but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship.

“This is very nice but hopefully it will not be his day and Chelsea can win.”

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