Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has revealed how his relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has gone from strength to strength following his move to Stamford Bridge last summer.
It would be understandable if the ex-Barcelona midfielder had a sour relationship with the Portuguese to begin with considering the latter’s tenure as Real Madrid boss.
A spell at the Bernabeu that coincided Fabregas’ short dabble in La Liga and the intense ‘El Clasico’ rivalry that seemed to get even more bitter between the clubs during that period.
But the Spaniard, who has managed a staggering 18 assists in a season where Chelsea have sealed a Capital One Cup and Premier League double, says he is thankful to Mourinho for helping his game progress since his move to west London.
“I go day by day. I started out very strong, playing my natural game and trying to give my best … little by little, the relationship between him and me has improved,” he told Spanish radio station Cope, according to the London Evening Standard.
“I believe our [relationship] is very strong, we get on very well, I have learned a lot from him and I am grateful to him for everything he did to bring me to Chelsea and for trusting in me.”
Fabregas’ words might be a bitter pill to swallow for one Arsene Wenger, given the Arsenal boss turned down the opportunity to re-sign his former prodigy much to the delight of the Blues.
And perhaps there’s a sense of the ex-Arsenal skipper rubbing salt in the wounds of the Gunners manager and rueful fans with his latest comments.