Chelsea FC and Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas have conceded he used to see Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as an “enemy” before he worked under the Portuguese coach.
Joining Chelsea from FC Barcelona in 2014 summer transfer window, Fabregas said he generally considered Mourinho to be the “enemy”, but his feeling has since changed, and he is full of commendation for Mourinho.
This is fairly obvious, given that when Fabregas played for Arsenal, Mourinho was Chelsea manager which was seen as a London rival, and while the midfielder was at Barcelona, Jose Mourinho was also arch-rival Real Madrid manager making it more difficult to see the Portuguese boss as a friend.
Speaking with top magazine ‘Vanity Fair’ about his former manager, Fabregas stated: “Jose Mourinho? He was my enemy when he was in Madrid or Chelsea.
“We were in competitions and we wanted to win against the other. From there I became his player at Chelsea and would go with him to death.
“I learned a lot from him and I have very positive memories with him that I would keep for life.”
On the subject of his move to Stamford Bridge three years ago, the Spaniard added: “I have found absolute happiness at Chelsea. The family is delighted, totally adapted to life in London and the fans love me.