Cesc Fabregas: I had disagreements with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

Cesc Fabreagas admits that he would never have expected to end up playing for Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has admitted that Chelsea were the team he “most wanted to beat” during his spell at Arsenal as he reflected on his past “disagreements” with Jose Mourinho.

The Spanish midfielder joined the Blues last summer from Barcelona after spending eight years at Arsenal as one of the west London club’s fierce rivals.

And the 27-year-old concedes that he would never have guessed that he would have ended up playing for Mourinho’s side a few years ago.

Asked if he would have envisaged that he would have ever joined the Blues, Fabregas told El Pais: “Three years ago no. It just shows you how you can never tell in life, and even more so in football.

“We had a very intense rivalry with Mourinho. It never reached the level of hatred, not even close, but there were disagreements with him and [John] Terry too. Chelsea were always the team that I most wanted to beat.”

When asked how Terry welcomed him after joining the Blues in a £27m deal last summer, Fabregas replied: “He told me that anything I needed I could count on him.

“We have now reached the stage where we can tell the tales of some of the battles we had to some of the younger players, and I certainly had some battles, especially with Terry and [Frank] Lampard.”

Fabregas has been in fine form since his return to the Premier League. He has made 15 assists in the top flight to help Jose Mourinho’s men build a five-point lead at the top of the table.

He has also netted four goals in all competitions for the west London outfit.

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