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Chelsea star Willian and Jose Mourinho have formed a good relationship over the years, after the Portuguese secured his signing from Anzhi, hijacking a player that was bound to sign up for Tottenham.
Willian will be a free agent at the end of the season, if his contract isn’t renewed with Chelsea, and reports claim Willian has been talking with Mourinho about a likely move to Spurs.
The Brazilian has admitted that the two are good friends and still keep in touch, but revealed that they haven’t had talks about a move to North London, and that Mourinho respects his decision.
In an interview with Brazillian YouTube channel ‘Desimpedidos’, Willian said: “No, no. I did not get anything from Mourinho even though I have a good relationship with him.
“He is not only a great coach but also a great friend of mine. Sometimes we talk but regarding this situation, he totally respects it.
“I learnt a bit from each of them [my other managers] but I identified myself more with Mourinho for sure.
“He trusted in my potential, liked my football, gave me full confidence to play. He is the best coach I have worked with.”
Willian also denied that he intentionally linked himself with a move to Arsenal after his family dressed in red and released the video on social media.
“About that… there was no intention in creating rumours,” he said.
“In England, we do not have this situation [like in Brazil] where a player from Corinthians can’t wear green or a player from Palmeiras can’t wear black and white, this kind of stuff.
“So there was one day when my wife and kids dressed in red and she did not think it would create any rumours, there was nothing in it.”