Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has remarkably admitted Jose Mourinho has an edge over all his previous bosses, speaking to The Guardian.
Praise for Mourinho is not unusual, but given the identity and achievements of those Fabregas has also played under, it is a little surprisingly he is so convinced after just one season under the former Real Madrid boss.
Fabregas played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for several seasons, before moving to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.
He said of Mourinho: “He just loves winning. I’m not saying other managers I have played under don’t but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with.
"The mentality shows in every single training session, every game. I now understand why he has won what he has in his career."
Cesc clinched the Premier League title at the weekend, helping Chelsea beat Crystal Palace, and it is the first time he has ever lifted the trophy.
His comments are unlikely to sit well with Arsenal fans, who did not welcome him back favourably upon his return to The Emirates last week.
The Spaniard is a former club captain, and while mixed versions of events have been put forward from himself and Arsene Wenger as to why he did not return to the club, the fact he chose to sign with Chelsea is a sore point, which has only been antagonised further by his instant title success.