Mourinho explains why Chelsea turned down Arsenal’s Ba bid

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea blocked Demba Ba's loan move to Arsenal because they view Gunners as title rivals

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Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Mesut Ozil Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea blocked Demba Ba’s loan move to Arsenal – because the signing of Mesut Ozil makes the Gunners title contenders.

The north London club were thought to be close to securing the services of the Senegal international on transfer deadline day, as it emerged Arsenal were set to sign Ozil in a £42.5m deal.

However, Mourinho says that the Blues decided not to let the 28-year-old move to Emirates Stadium because they viewed the Gunners as title rivals following the signing of the German international.

“Ozil is unique,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.

“Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him.

“We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.”

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