Despite having been in opposition ranks for most of their time, Cesc Fabregas has nothing but praises for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The pair will meet in the FA Cup final, where Mourinho's United will look to pile misery on Chelsea, who have missed out on UEFA Champions League spot next season following their failure to finish in top-4 in the Premier League.
The duo were together at Chelsea when Mourinho was their manager, and he signed Fabregas from Barcelona. And the midfielder is grateful towards the Portugese for that. Speaking at Chelsea's training ground, Metro reported the Spaniard saying, "I love him. I always say that. I owe him a lot because he brought me here, I will always remember that. My first year here, (former Arsenal manager) Arsene (Wenger) had always treated me like a son. But the closest anyone has been to him was Jose.
"The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the team from day one. This was fantastic and in all the four years since I joined Chelsea now they will always stay with me. This experience is thanks to him."
The duo have been in opposition for most of their careers. When Fabregas played for Arsenal, Mourinho managed Chelsea. Their enmity continued in La Liga, after Fabregas signed for Barcelona, the very time Mourinho was the manager of Real Madrid.
But according to Fabregas, everything is long gone now. "We have our history between us. I played for Arsenal and him at Chelsea. Barcelona with him Real Madrid. We were confronting each other, but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship. This is very nice but hopefully it will not be his day (on Saturday) and Chelsea can win."