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Chelsea manager José Mourinho says that he was surprised to know that Barcelona were prepared to sell Cesc Fabregas after just three seasons and also at the best time in his career. The 27-year-old recently joined Chelsea for £ 28 million and has been a major influence on the team’s ascend to the top of the Premier League. They have scored 16 goals in just five matches this campaign and Fabregas has already contributed around half of it with seven assists. This is in line with his record at Barcelona where he was part of 90 of the 150 goals scored either directly or indirectly.
Barcelona signed Fabregas in the summer of 2011 for around £ 33 million with the view of using their former youth team product as the replacement for Xavi Hernandez. However, those plans have not worked exactly according to plan since Xavi has continued playing with the same zest during the past few years. The 35-year-old has been showing no signs of slowing down, which has resulted in Fabregas being utilised in a number of positions across the pitch. Even then, the former Arsenal man has contributed immensely with goals and assists. Mourinho says that Fabregas is at the peak of his career in every possible way and Barcelona made a mistake in selling him.
“I thought he was going to stay at Barcelona. I was looking at him as the natural successor of players that were getting older, like Xavi. The surprise for me was not that he didn’t go to Arsenal, but that he was leaving Barcelona. He’s 27 and it’s the perfect age. Physically, he’s on a high, mentally, he’s very stable, he has tactical education. Cesc’s stats are fantastic, the number of assists, the qualities he brings,” said the Chelsea boost ahead of the trip to Manchester City.
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Barcelona winger Pedro has claimed that the club’s former midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be an instant hit at Chelsea. The Spaniard signed for Chelsea a few weeks ago for a transfer fee of around £ 28 million. Many were surprised that Chelsea were able to sign such a world-class midfielder for this transfer fee. It was also surprising that Barcelona decided to allow him to go despite having been a major contributor of chances since his move to the Camp Nou in 2012. Pedro has accepted that Fabregas is one of the world’s best when it comes to creating chances.
Chelsea has had a number of goalscoring midfielders in recent years, but the chance creators have been few and far between. This has meant that strikers like Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have struggled to score on a regular basis. After signing Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the club have secured the signing of Fabregas. Pedro feels that the Spanish international will enjoy playing ahead of Fabregas since he is more often likely to find him with a precise pass.
London life and the Premier League football is not new to Fabregas after the midfielder spent eight years at Arsenal before moving to the Camp Nou in a £ 35 million deal. He is widely expected to be the replacement for Frank Lampard.
“Cesc is a great player, one of the best midfielders in the world who creates chances. For a forward he is a great player to have. He will do really well at Chelsea. He is a good friend of mine, not only here, but we were together with the national team. Chelsea will be difficult to beat in the Champions League because they have strengthened well and made great signings,” said the Barcelona winger, who has also been linked with a move away from the club.