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Mourinho admits Fabregas interest

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Chelsea are interested in signing Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona this summer, Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

Earlier this week, Fabregas' Spain team-mate Gerard Pique was picked up on a microphone at a press conference telling his national coach Vicente Del Bosque that the midfielder is leaving Barcelona for £26.8 million.

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Now Mourinho says it is clear that Fabregas has his heart set on a return to the Premier League - where he spent eight years with Arsenal before leaving in 2011 - and admits he is following developments closely.

"We have some interest [in Fabregas]. I have interest in analysing the situation," said Mourinho.

"I think it looks like he's really interested in leaving Barcelona, and is very, very interested in coming back to England. This I think is clear.

"After that it's not something for us, or another team, for now. It's not for now, or tomorrow, or for before the World Cup.

"There is a process where he wants to leave, he wants to come to England because it's the country where he wants to be, where he prefers to play. We are interested in monitoring the situation."

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, also in Del Bosque's Spain squad for the World Cup, has backed the potential acquisition of Fabregas.

"If he's made to feel important, like a leader - like when he was at Arsenal - he can drive the team on and he's a type of player Chelsea don't have right now," said Torres.

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