Cesc Fabregas has revealed Jose Mourinho's insistence that Chelsea would win the Premier League with the Spaniard at the heart of their midfield convinced him to move to Stamford Bridge.
The promise from Mourinho came on only their first meeting together to discuss a potential transfer, with Fabregas then a Barcelona player.
His time at the Nou Camp had seemingly come to an end at that stage, but a return to the Premier League to join a rival of former club Arsenal looked out of the question.
However Fabregas wasted no time in signing on the dotted line for The Blues after Mourinho's opening gambit.
"On the first day I met him he told me, 'I need two players,'" Fabregas said on Rio Ferdinand's Locker Room. "'I am going to sign Diego Costa and if you come'.
"He drew me the team on some paper and said this team is winning the title on the first day I met him.
"He only needed two players. Thibaut Courtois was already coming but he said, 'If you come, we win the title.'"
Chelsea then sealed Fabregas' signature for £30million from Barcelona, before landing Costa a few weeks later.
Both players then played an integral part in the season that followed as Mourinho's prediction came true, with Chelsea winning the title convincingly.
Fabregas did burn a few bridges across London at former club Arsenal, and admitted the idea of playing for Chelsea was not something he would ever had considered during his time as a Gunner.
"If you ask me when I was 23 years old and captain of Arsenal that I would be so happy to play for Chelsea, I would have said that you are crazy," he added.
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