André Villas-Boas: It will be ‘special’ to play José Mourinho’s Chelsea

André Villas-Boas is looking forward to pitting his wits against José Mourinho's Chelsea with Tottenham next season

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José Mourinho was officially unveiled at Chelsea earlier this month Photo: The Sport Review

André Villas-Boas says he is looking forward to pitting his wits against José Mourinho’s Chelsea with Tottenham next season.

The Spurs boss worked as a coach under Mourinho during his first spell in charge of the Blues and also during his time at Inter Milan before taking over at Porto in 2010.

And the 35-year-old Tottenham manager is relishing the chance to come up against one of his former mentors next season.

“It will be special to play against Chelsea, particularly against a person who was instrumental in my career,” Villas-Boas told A Bola. “It will be great to meet Mourinho.”

Villas-Boas also moved to end the speculation linking him with the Paris Saint-Germain job, insisting that he is fully committed to Spurs.

“I have had a friendship for some time with the president of PSG,” Villas-Boas said. “He is a friend, we speak regularly, but my commitment is with Tottenham.

“It was the club that allowed me to return to the Premier League and I feel good there.”

Villas-Boas led Tottenham to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League in his first season in charge of the north London club.

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