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Football: Mourinho taunts Arsenal over Fabregas deal

Published on Jul 19, 2014 6:43 AM
Spain's midfielder Cesc Fabregas attends a press conference on June 15, 2014, at CT do Caju in Curitiba during the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup in Brazil. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - 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 (S$57 million) earlier in the close-season despite Arsenal having first option to take back the Spain star.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly didn’t want to re-sign Fabregas because he was happy with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta as main central midfielders.

But Blues boss Mourinho, who has had many verbal jousts with Wenger, couldn’t resist the chance to tweak his rival as he insisted Fabregas had no interest in a reunion with the club he left to join Barcelona in 2011.

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