CHELSEA MANAGER Jose Mourinho believes summer signing Cesc Fabregas is so happy to be at Stamford Bridge that he will still be at the club in five years’ time.
Chelsea are at home today against Arsenal, the club where the Spain midfielder spent eight years before joining Barcelona.
“He loves Chelsea already,” Mourinho said. “He’s so happy, the way he plays, the way he’s a member of the squad, the way he lives in this little blue village.
“If you ask him now if he regrets the move, I’m sure he’d say no. If you ask him where he thinks he’ll be in five years’ time, he’d say he sees himself here in five years’ time. He is Chelsea.”
Mourinho acknowledged however that Fabregas, who joined from Barcelona in the close season, would always have a special place in his heart for Arsenal.
“He’ll never lose that respect and connection with a club where he arrived as a kid and left as a top player,” said the Portuguese.
“I wouldn’t be happy if he came here saying ‘I don’t care about Arsenal, my life at Arsenal is over, I forget everything, now it’s just about Chelsea’. I don’t like that approach.
“After Chelsea I worked for Inter Milan and Real Madrid and I never stopped saying Chelsea were my club and that I wanted to come back one day. But I gave everything to Inter and Real,” added Mourinho.
Arsenal, looking to avenge last season’s 6-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge, trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by six points.
Manager Arsene Wenger has told his team that posing their own attacking threat will be just as important as keeping Chelsea striker Diego Costa quiet.
The Brazil-born Spain international has scored eight goals in six league games since his £32 million summer move from Atletico Madrid, but Wenger insists Arsenal – spearheaded by Danny Welbeck – can also offer plenty of threat.
“You have to find a balance between nullifying their strengths, but without forgetting to express your strengths,” said Wenger, who is impressed by the speed with which Costa has settled in England.
“He has done fantastically well,” the Frenchman said. “He has all the aspects of a striker that you like – he is focused, always determined
“Costa is a very efficient player. The timing of his runs and his determination, his killing determination – you feel he is a killer.”