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Mourinho: Fabregas only had eyes for Chelsea

ESPN staff
July 19, 2014
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Jack Wilshere has tarnished his reputation as a role model to children © PA Photos

Jose Mourinho has aimed a double swipe at Arsenal by saying Cesc Fabregas only had eyes for Chelsea this summer and that Jack Wilshere has tarnished his image as a role model to children.

Reports suggested Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger opted not to take up the club's option to re-sign Fabregas when he was made available by the La Liga club. However, Mourinho says it took him less than half an hour to persuade Fabregas to join him at Chelsea.

Chelsea's summer business done

  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his club's summer transfer business is done following the conclusion of Filipe Luis' £20 million move from Atletico on Thursday.
  • Luis joins former Atletico team-mates Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, while Mourinho has also bolstered his midfield with the £30m capture of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. He insists he expects no more new arrivals ahead of the new Premier League season.
  • "I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we brought, but because we did it in almost record time," Mourinho said.
  • "The transfer market closes August 31, and we close our market on July 19. We finished the market today. The club did fantastic. We knew the targets, we knew the players and the club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage."

"How did I persuade him? I spoke to him for about 20 minutes," Mourinho said at his unveiling as a BT Sport ambassador. "I think he really wanted to come. Arsenal had an option where they could interfere, but I don't' think he was open to that. He was in our direction so it was easy for me."

Mourinho also hit out at Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, who on Thursday returned to training early after photographs of him with a cigarette in his mouth were published by the Daily Mail. It is not the first time Wilshere has earned unwanted attention for smoking as last October, Wilshere was caught smoking outside a London nightclub.

The Portuguese claims that, while Wilshere's physical performance may not be affected by his latest furore, he has set a bad example to watching children.

"What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching,' Mourinho said.

"I'm not a specialist, obviously, but I don't think if a football player smokes one cigar or cigarette with friends in the summer when he is not training - I don't think it affects his performance.

"What gets affected is that a kid at home says if a top football player can smoke then I can smoke and it is not a problem. It is more a social consequence than a physical consequence.

"Would I be angry if it was my player? Being angry is not a solution but I would just explain exactly that, that everything they do or wear is part of the kids' life. If they smoke, maybe the kids think they do it a lot of times and they will probably do the same."

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