Cesc Fabregas details Jose Mourinho promise which persuaded him to join Chelsea

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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Jose Mourinho names all-time best starting XI from managerial career

Jose Mourinho has enjoyed a glittering managerial career.

The Portuguese boss has taken charge of some of the world’s biggest clubs, from Real Madrid and Manchester United to Inter Milan and Chelsea.

He has now named his all-time dream XI – with a strong Chelsea presence.

Mourinho enjoyed two memorable stints at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles.

And he includes eight players he managed in west London in his ideal XI, as revealed by Marca.

Petr Cech lines up in goal, with John Terry in central defence alongside Ricardo Carvalho, who Mourinho took with him from Porto to Chelsea then to Real Madrid.

William Gallas is utilised in an unfamiliar role at left-back, with Inter Milan icon Javier Zanetti at right-back after helping them win the Champions League.

The Special One opts for a narrow midfield in a diamond formation, giving Claude Makelele the task of breaking up play in a holding role.

Mesut Ozil, who he was able to get the best out of at Real Madrid before his Arsenal move, joins now-manager of Chelsea Frank Lampard in midfield.

Playmaker Eden Hazard, who has struggled since leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid in the summer, is offered free reign as a No.10.

He plays behind all-time great Cristiano Ronaldo, who Mourinho managed at Real Madrid, and Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba.

There is no place for any players Mourinho managed during his ill-fated stint at Manchester United – with Zlatan Ibrahimovic amongst those to miss out, as well as Paul Pogba.

Jose Mourinho’s Dream XI : Petr Cech, Javier Zanetti, Ricardo Carvalho, John Terry, William Gallas, Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba.

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