Jose Mourinho has highlighted Cesc Fabregas’s past career as one of the factors which makes the Spaniard an important addition to the squad for the new season.

Fabregas became the first signing of the summer when he joined from Barcelona earlier this month, having previously become very familiar with London and English football during eight years with Arsenal, and there are other strengths too which the Chelsea manager admires in the 27-year-old.

‘He is the kind of player we need,’ said Mourinho, ‘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 played in Spain’s 2010 World Cup final win, has been used sparingly by Vicente del Bosque during their exit in Brazil – making one sub appearance – his 90th cap. Spain’s final game is on Monday when they take on Australia.

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