Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he rejected Arsenal’s bid to sign striker Demba Ba on a season-long loan claiming they would have become title contenders.

Arsenal signed German international Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid a player that Mourinho knows well from his time at the Santiago Bernabeu on deadline day and lodged a bid to sign the former Newcastle United forward on loan.

However the Portuguese revealed that he opted against sending Ba out on loan to the Emirates in the belief that the Senegal international’s arrival mixed with that of Ozil would have made Arsenal genuine title contenders.