Former Blues Cesc Fabregas said he had a “special year” playing under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea as he named the top three managers he has worked with.
The 33-year-old who now plays for AS Monaco has had an illustrious career playing for teams such as Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, and Spain national team.
He established himself as a household name at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, then move to Spain in 2011 as part of the notorious Barcelona side who dominated European football under Pep Guardiola.
He joined Chelsea in 2014 and helped Jose Mourinho’s side win the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
Unsurprisingly, when asked to name his top pick managers, he named those three. But he also admitted that he had the best relationship with the former Blues manager.
He told BBC’s MOTD Top 10 podcast: “I played under some of the best managers – not just in recent times but in history
“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.”
Under Mourinho, Fabregas often played in a double pivot alongside Nemanja Matic — a new, much deeper role compared to his previous roles at Barcelona and Spain.
But her flourished, recording an impressive 18 assists that season, joint third-most in a single season in the Premier League history.