Villas-Boas: It would be ‘spectacular’ to see Mourinho back at Chelsea
Andre Villas-Boas says he would be delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho back into the Premier League this summer
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he would be delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho back to the Premier League amid mounting speculation linking the Real Madrid coach with a return to Chelsea this summer.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager worked under Mourinho during his compatriot’s successful first spell at Stamford Bridge as well as his time at Inter Milan.
Mourinho, 50, appears set to walk away from Real Madrid in the summer and has made no secret of his desire to return to England.
And Villas-Boas, who was in charge of Chelsea for eight months last season before taking over at Spurs last summer, would be thrilled to see Mourinho back in the English top flight.
“It’s hard to make a reading of the situation,” Villas-Boas told a news conference on Thursday.
“Obviously his desire to come back to England is extremely strong. Whether he has a club lined up or not, I’m not sure. It’s very unlikely when someone makes it that public that everything is set up already.
“But he would be a great addition to the Premier League. Jose has a wonderful history in this league and it would be spectacular to have him back.”
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas insists that he has been given assurances from the club’s hierarchy that Gareth Bale will be staying at the club beyond the summer.
The 23-year-old has been in superb form this season and was on Thursday named as the Football Writers’ Association footballer of the year just days after his PFA awards double.
But the Spurs boss, whose side host Southampton on Saturday, insists the forward is going nowhere – even if the north Londoners miss out on Champions League qualification.
“The information that I have from the club, which was mistakenly written about last week, is that the player is here to remain, independent of the objectives of Champions League qualification being achieved or not,” said Villas-Boas.
“I would be extremely surprised [if he left].
“In football anything can happen. It’s impossible to predict, but this is the assurance I have had from the club.
“We understand that the more awards the more recognition the player will have, the more media attention, but the club has to move forward by holding onto its best players.
“With the recognition and the further experience that he has had from this year, next year for Tottenham he will be even more assertive.”