Cesc Fabregas joins Chelsea: Fabregas once told Jose Mourinho to 'shut-up'
Pair appear to have put aside old feud
Cesc Fabregas today announced he was joining Chelsea in a move that appears to suggest his feud with Jose Mourinho has been laid to rest.
The Spain international has been allowed to leave Barcelona and after Arsenal opted not to take up a buy-back clause in the 27-year-old's contract, Fabregas joined Chelsea.
Despite it becoming apparent Fabregas was keen on a return to the Premier League, the specific destination of Stamford Bridge is an intriguing one considering his past with Mourinho.
Earlier this year the Chelsea manager suggested Manchester City would be playing the "worst Barcelona of many, many years" ahead of a meeting in the Champions League.
Barcelona would go on to win the first-leg of the tie at the Etihad Stadium 2-0, after which Fabregas took the opportunity to retort.
"Some people were talking a bit too much before the game and now they have to shut up for a few days," Fabregas told ITV.
"We had a great result tonight. The fans put so much pressure on and that's what makes this so win special. We had a point to prove, and we did it very well."
Jose Mourino was critical of Barcelona
There may also be questions raised over how involved Mourinho was in pushing through the deal for Fabregas. The Independent understands the 'Special One' was keener on Atletico Madrid’s Koke and Juventus’s Paul Pogba.
Mourinho’s willingness to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United last January underlined how he does not always value players in the small, playmaking role and sources in Portugal indicated earlier this summer he would need to be persuaded that an outlay of close to £30m on Fabregas is the best use of that money.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal and Puma unveil world's first left-footed football
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
Liverpool's best XI of the season so far: Raheem Sterling should play in the front three while Steven Gerrard remains on the bench
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
Liverpool injury news: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren expected to be ready for Arsenal clash
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 3 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans