Chelsea boss Mourinho blocked Ba loan to Arsenal after Ozil signing
Thursday 05 September 2013
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he prevented striker Demba Ba joining Arsenal on loan after the Gunners signed Mesut Ozil, according to the Belfast Telegraph, as Mourinho felt the signing of the Real Madrid playmaker made Arsene Wenger’s side into contenders for the Premier League title.
Ozil moved to the Emirates Stadium for a club record fee on transfer deadline day and Wenger wanted to supplement the Germany international’s arrival with a new centre-forward. Ba was the player Wenger identified and a loan deal was in place before Mourinho intervened, with the Portuguese revealing he put a stop to the transfer because he believes Arsenal are now their title rivals following the purchase of Ozil.
“Ozil is unique,” Mourinho said, having worked with the 24-year-old during his three years at the Santiago Bernabeu. “There is no copy of him - not even a bad one. He is the best No 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,” Mourinho continued, adding: “We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.”
Arsenal’s failure to sign Ba meant Nicklas Bendtner was not allowed to join Crystal Palace and will instead act as back-up to first choice striker Olivier Giroud, with Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott also capable of taking a central berth.
Chelsea did however loan Romelu Lukaku to Everton, who beat off competition from West Brom - where Lukaku spent last season - to get the Belgian on a year-long temporary deal.
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