Cesc Fabregas picks Jose Mourinho over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ with Fabregas played under some of football’s best ever managers (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has named Jose Mourinho as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ with over his illustrious career, snubbing Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola.The Spaniard has had the luxury of being tutored by some of the greatest minds in recent football history and won almost every major honour the game has to offer, apart from the Champions League.Fabregas was given his first chance by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, who took a chance on a 16-year-old export from Barcelona’s La Masia academy.Wenger imparted his wisdom on the Spaniard and developed him into one of the finest talents in the Premier League, however, after eight years in north London, he eventually left to join boyhood club Barcelona in 2011.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFabregas played under Guardiola in his first season at Camp Nou and went on to win La Liga and the Copa del Ray over four years at the Catalan club, before moving back to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014.That first season at Stamford Bridge proved to be one of the most fruitful of the midfielder’s career, with his 19 assists helping fire the Blues to the Premier League title. Comment Mike StavrouWednesday 8 Jul 2020 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Fabregas says he had a special relationship with Mourinho (Picture: Getty Images)And while Fabregas credited Wenger, Guardiola and Mourinho as his ‘best managers’, he admitted he built up a unique bond with the Portuguese boss in particular.‘I played under some of the best managers – not just in recent times but in history,’ Fabregas told BBC’s Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.‘If I have to pick one or two: Pep Guardiola played the game in the style I love at Barcelona, same with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, but under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea I had a really special year.‘He is probably the one I had the best connection with. The way he played with my mind was unbelievable.‘I would pick Guardiola, Mourinho and Wenger because I owe them all so much.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGuardiola, however, did get a special mention as Fabregas’ football hero growing up.‘Pep Guardiola. We used to play in the same position,’ he added.‘In the Barcelona academy you would wear numbers depending on position. The number four was the player in front of the defender. Guardiola was playing there and I was number four.’MORE: Ashley Cole tells Tammy Abraham what he must start doing to get back in the Chelsea teamMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang matches Thierry Henry Arsenal record with Leicester goalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement
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Excited to have you in the Family! #SwampSquadXIX pic.twitter.com/FuOfWNOvqd— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 6, 2019Four-star Charles Moore (No. 69 overall, No. 6 SDE) signs with Auburn.Welcome to the #AuburnFamily @CharlesMoore_11! ✍️#WarEagle | #AUNSD19 pic.twitter.com/XUkrcLsQiT— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) February 6, 2019Four-star Khris Bogle (No. 71 overall, No. 3 WDE) signs with Florida.Welcome to the Family @khris_a1!! Excited you’re a Gator! Let’s get to work. #SwampSquadXIX pic.twitter.com/HsxY9TheDR— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 6, 2019Four-star Nathan Pickering (No. 73 overall, No. 6 DT) signs with Mississippi State.