Date: 4th September 2013 at 2:00pm
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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he pulled the plug on Demba Ba’s move to Arsenal because they were signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Chelsea were considering an offer from Arsenal to loan Ba but it was rejected because Mourinho believes that Ozil makes them a threat, perhaps even contenders.

The Portuguese manager coached the 24-year-old during his time at Real Madrid, where they won a La Liga title, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup together, and Mourinho considers him as the best number 10 in the world.

In 2012 Mourinho said:

“Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.

“Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him.

He said following Ba’s blocked move to Arsenal:

“We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.”


He’s undoubtedly world-class and will help make Arsenal a better side, although I’m not sure he’s enough to make them title contenders as they had more pressing areas to address, but Mourinho obviously thinks very highly of the German international if he believes he could make Demba Ba look half decent.

I would question him using the ‘best number 10 in the world’ though, we have him and he goes by the name of Juan Mata. Mourinho recently revealed that he was leaving the Spaniard out because he was tired so hopefully we’ll see him back in the team soon and hopefully all this ‘not a Mourinho player’ nonsense will go away.

Anyway, I digress. Back on Ba, reports suggest that Arsenal have been left fuming after Chelsea pulled the plug on the deal as it has left them with Olivier Giroud as their only recognised striker until they can sign someone else in January. Our hearts bleed for you.

Source: Metro


4 responses to “Jose reveals why he pulled the plug on Ba’s move to Arsenal”

  1. olu samuel says:

    Ours being a contender this season was ordained by God. Nothing anybody can do about it. Little or big contender is not the issue its Gods. Little did they realise Ozil will come to Emirates, now it has happened. Arsenal is downplayed by others this season but at their own peril. My thought.

  2. Seriously??? says:

    That quote by Mourinho has been misused. Mourinho made that quote ages ago, it even has a sentence missing, the ACTUAL quote is from an article first published in 2012

    the part about Ba is recent, but the original part, about being the best number 10 in the world was made BEFORE he had Juan Mata at his disposal.

    Maybe do a bit of homework before you publish….

    • Anthony Williams says:

      The Independent, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, International Business Times and others all went with those quotes today, all of which have staff and sub editors and you’re having a go at me?

      Thanks for pointing it out, no need to get your knickers in a twist though.

  3. Jose Williams says: