Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed why he snubbed a move to Manchester United to join Chelsea in the summer of 2014.
The former Arsenal captain explained that a personal conversation with then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lured him to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Arsecast, the Spaniard said: “Arsenal was was my first option, in my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going to Arsenal – this is what I want. But they waited the full week without giving me a response.
“After the week I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, Man United and then I spoke to Mourinho – which I didn’t think would ever happen. After I left the room with Mourinho I said, ‘that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea.’
“What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted. On top of that it’s London and not Manchester, London was my home.”