Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken publicly for the first time over the Blues pursuit of Cesc Fabregas but admitted it was still too early to say whether the Blues will beat Manchester United to the former Arsenal star.
Varying reports in recent days have suggested that United and Chelsea are preparing to go head-to-head to land the Spanish midfielder.
And while Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea’s interest, the Portuguese manager believes that a decision before the World Cup is unlikely.
Speaking at a Yahoo event and reported by RTL.be, Mourinho said:
“I think it looks like he’s really interested in leaving Barcelona, and is very, very interested in coming back to England.”
“This I think is clear. After that it’s not something for us, or another team, for now. It’s not for now, or tomorrow, or for before the World Cup.
“There is a process where he wants to leave, he wants to come to England because it’s the country where he wants to be, where he prefers to play. We are interested in monitoring the situation.”
By all accounts Arsenal have decided not to activate a clause giving them first refusal on their former captain, a decision that I find hard to understand, as it opens up the door for Cesc to not only go to a title rivals, but a London rival as well.