Fabregas reveals how arch enemy Jose Mourinho convinced him to join Chelsea

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Cesc Fabregas spent just four years at Chelsea, and it was enough for him to win the hearts of Chelsea fans after his creative performance in the middle of the park.

It was Jose Mourinho who signed Fabregas for Chelsea in 2014, and he ended up being an important player that season, helping Chelsea win the league and the League Cup in that season.

Fabregas was arch enemy with Mourinho during his time at Arsenal and Barcelona, with Mourinho at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Fabregas has revealed he doesn’t have a relationship with former boss and mentor Pep Guardiola, but he still holds former Blues boss Jose Mourinho in high esteem.

Asked if he’s been in contact with Guardiola at all over the past eight years, the Monaco playmaker told CCMA: “No, no, with Pep nothing at all.

“I don’t know if the disappointment with Pep is mutual. Things happened, but I prefer not to talk about it. Pep was my idol since I was a child. It is from him that I have learned the most, perhaps, since I was four until now.”

“Mourinho inspired me the most when I left Barca,” Fabregas added.

“He told me that we had had our issues on the pitch when he was at Chelsea and I was at Arsenal and then when he was coaching at Real Madrid and I was at Barcelona, but that for him, it all ended there. We turned the page.

“He told me about his project. I had to go where I thought I would do best, the decision was mine and it didn’t depend on what people said. I prioritised the professional [aspect], and today I still write to him and I consider him a friend.

“He helped me a lot at a difficult time in my career and perhaps I played one of my best seasons with him.”

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