Saturday 21 June 2014
Jose Mourinho believes that Cesc Fabregas's experience of the Barclays Premier League will enable him to hit the ground running in Chelsea colours next season.
"He is the kind of player we need, not just for his qualities as a player but also his competitive personality"
The Portuguese tactician will be hoping to improve on last season's third-place finish in the forthcoming 2014/15 season and feels the capture of Fabregas from Barcelona earlier this month will help the Blues kick on.
The Spain international, who is representing his country at the FIFA World Cup finals, has a wealth of top-flight experience despite still being just 27 years old, having made 212 Barclays Premier League appearances for Arsenal and scoring 35 goals after breaking into Arsene Wenger's side as a16-year-old. He lies 10th on the League's all-time goal-assist list, with 70, but it is his character as much as his ability that has made its mark on Mourinho.
"He is the kind of player we need," Mourinho told the club's website, "not just for his qualities as a player but also his competitive personality.
"He is a player in the best years of his career. He knows England well, he knows the Premier League well, so he will not need time to adapt.
"He is the kind of player who will come and train for a couple of weeks and be ready to prove himself."
Fabregas, who helped Spain win both the 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championship and the 2010 World Cup, won his 90th cap as a substitute against the Netherlands in Brazil, and will hope to add to one more when Spain meet Australia on Monday, before turning his attention to the next episode of his Barclays Premier League career at Stamford Bridge.