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 offseason despite Arsenal having first option to take back the Spain star.
“I spoke with him 20 minutes. I think he really wanted to come to us,” said Mourinho 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.”