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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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