Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Cesc Fabregas really wanted to join Chelsea, saying it took him just 20 minutes to convince the 27-year-old.
The Spaniard was Mourinho’s first signing of the summer, penning a five-year contract in a deal which reportedly cost the Stamford Bridge outfit £30m.
Arsenal had the first option to re-sign their former captain but Mourinho insists the midfielder was unwilling to return to the Emirates, amidst several reports Arsene Wenger was contended with the central midfield quartet of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta.
“I spoke with him for 20 minutes. I think he really wanted to come to us,” said the Portuguese boss, notable for his several gibes at Arsenal’s French boss.
“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.”
Chelsea are arguably the most lucrative buyers in the current transfer dispensation, having bought midfielder Mario Pasalic (undisclosed) from Hadjuk Split, striker Diego Costa (£32m) and left-back Filipe Luis (£15.8m) both from Atletico Madrid and Fabregas.
The ‘Blues’ have reportedly spent a total of over £80m on these four players touted to make a huge impact in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
However, Mourinho says the summer spending spree is complete with last (Friday) night’s arrival of their fourth signing Luis.
“We finished the market today,” Mourinho said, during a BT Sport question and answer session in London n Friday.
I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time. The transfer market closes 31 August and close our market on July 19.
“The club did fantastic, we knew the targets, we knew the players and the club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage.”
Chelsea have been linked with several other highly-rated prospects this summer, including Real Madrid and German World Cup-winning midfielder Sami Khedira-a reported target for Arsenal- and Colombia forward Radamel Falcao.
But Mourinho says he is satisfied with the progress the West London club have made in the close season.
“We got exactly what we need and what we want. The squad is one which I like very much and I look forward to starting the season,” added Mourinho.
“The market is open, but we are so happy with what we have.”