Jose Mourinho in cheeky swipe at Arsenal over Cesc Fabregas

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a cheeky swipe at Arsenal by claiming Cesc Fabregas opted to join Chelsea instead of return to his former club as he was ‘looking for titles’.The Spaniard, who captained the Gunners in an eight-year spell, left fans of the north London club heartbroken when he moved to Chelsea last summer after three years at Barcelona.Fabregas will return to the Emirates this Sunday for the first time since his departure in 2011 with Chelsea on the brink of Premier League title success.The Blues are 10 points clear of the Gunners and a win for the visitors this weekend would mean three more points would secure the title, points which could come next Wednesday at Leicester.And Mourinho, whose side have already won the League Cup this season, said the prospect of major success is what prompted Fabregas to move to Stamford Bridge.“I know why he chose Chelsea,” said the Portuguese. “I don’t know why he didn’t choose Arsenal.“I can’t speak about his time at Arsenal, the decision that made him leave, the decision that stopped him going back. I don’t know if it was the manager’s (Arsene Wenger’s) or if it was his decision. I really don’t know.“I just know that we promised him we’d build a team very adapted to his style of play. That he was going to be an important player in our project.“And that, normally, good projects always end with titles. He was looking for that. That’s all I can say.”Fabregas is bracing himself for a hostile reception from Arsenal fans, but Mourinho insists that would be underserved given the service he gave the club.The 27-year-old made more than 300 appearances for the Gunners, and the Blues boss said: “Frank Lampard played at Stamford Bridge (with Manchester City) without any kind of problem and with a good reception. I don’t see a reason for Fabregas not to have the same at the Emirates.“But, if he has some bad reactions, I think he’s one of the players who is more than ready.“He played in Barcelona with an Arsenal shirt. Why can’t he play at the Emirates with a Chelsea shirt? I don’t see a problem.”Fabregas and Diego Costa, who also joined last summer, have been key to Chelsea’s title charge, with the playmaker laying on assists for the striker.Costa could be fit for Sunday’s match and displace Didier Drogba in the starting XI, while Loic Remy (calf) is definitely out.“Didier for sure is good, is fine. Remy, not for sure. And Diego, let’s make a decision tomorrow,” Mourinho, said.Dominic Solanke is in reserve, having missed Chelsea’s under-21 team match on Thursday, and will be on the substitutes’ bench as back-up to Drogba if Costa is not fit. Jose Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas 1last_img read more

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first_img RelatedSkint trips: 5 flights under £50Get away for a break on a budget this autumn with our pick of five flights to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia, all less than £50.Bargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | PisaBargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | PisaSkint spring trips: 6 flights for under £35From Sweden to Croatia, we pick six of the cheapest flights going on Skyscanner for a spring trip, all for less than £35 return. No Valentine required. With these fantastic five flights for under £50, everyone has an excuse to take a budget city break this month.1. Pisa, Italy from £33The Tuscan city of Pisa is famous the world over for its Leaning Tower. There’s so much more to Pisa, but do climb the 300 spiral steps to the top for cracking views over the city. Piazza del Duomo, where the Leaning Tower leans, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss a stroll in the square at night when it seems a different place, peaceful and uncrowded with the buildings beautifully illuminated. When hunger for Italian food calls, as a general rule it is best not to eat in the touristy places near the Tower. Instead, try the Via San Martino area, or the Piazza dei Cavalieri, both packed with reasonably priced restaurants. Find cheap flights to Pisa2. Alicante, Spain from £39The Costa Blanca is one of the most popular Spanish destinations among UK holidaymakers thanks to its well-developed, family-friendly resorts in the Alicante province. But there is more to the region than sun, sea and sand. Alicante, the regional capital, is a stylish city with a multitude of historical sights and attractions, pleasantly warm and quiet in the off-season. For an alternative view of the region, you should explore the region around Alicante, with its supremely scenic countryside and historically rich towns. Rugged Calblanque nature reserve and the quaint hilltop village of Guadalest are especially worth a visit. Find cheap flights to Alicante3. Belfast, Northern Ireland from £34Although Belfast has a reputation for being a party town, the Northern Irish capital boasts many interesting cultural sites, including Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, St Anne’s Cathedral, City Hall and, especially of interest this year, Titanic’s Dock. But if it’s shopping rather than culture that excites you, head for St George’s Market, a Victorian covered market opened in 1896 and the last in the region. Round off a day of sightseeing with a visit to the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s most famous and popular public house. Owned by the National Trust, it is as notable for its history as it is for its drinking and dining. Find cheap flights to Belfast4. Dinard, France from £26Dinard on the French coast of Brittany has been a favourite with bucket-and-spade-toting Brits since Victorian times, but outside the holiday season is a great time to visit this traditional French seaside resort, as hotel prices are much lower. Blessed with a mild climate, you’ll need little more than a jumper slung around the shoulders for a brisk walk along the Promenade en Bord Sur Mer with its gorgeous bay views. But if the weather isn’t on your side, that’s the only excuse you need to spend your time in cosy backstreet bistros, sampling sumptuous local seafood washed down with crisp whites. What better way to spend a winter weekend? Find cheap flights to Dinard 5. Prague, from £48Prague is truly one of Europe’s must-visit cities. Yes, it’s touristy, but with good reason. It is has been described as an outdoor museum owing to its Old Town, which contains sights such as fairytale Prague Castle and Obecni Dum or Municipal House, an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Pose for a photo on Charles Bridge, wander the cobbled streets around Old Town Square, Prague’s idyllic heart, or really go tourist-tastic and take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Given that Prague is famous for its beer, it comes as little surprise that gastro-pubs are all the rage here, ideal for a slap-up session of traditional pork and dumplings after a hard day’s sightseeing. Find cheap flights to PragueReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more