How Jose Mourinho stopped Chelsea star from joining Arsenal

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Former Arsenal transfer negotiator Dick Law has revealed Jose Mourinho blocked Demba Ba’s transfer to Arsenal given our London rivals had just signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Ba was close to joining Arsenal from Chelsea but Mourinho, who was then Chelsea boss, called off the deal.

“Their manager just changed his mind,” Law told the Athletic.

Ba admitted his frustration, despite understanding Mourinho’s motives.

“I was in Paris, at rest, and Arsenal representatives called me to tell me it was going to happen,” Ba told France Football.

“I understand Mourinho’s decision as a coach, but as a player, you are frustrated.”

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