Jose Mourinho: Tito Vilanova’s death is a sad day for football

Jose Mourinho expresses his sadness at the news that former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has died

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Tito Vilanova has died aged 45 Photo: FC Barcelona

Jose Mourinho has expressed his sadness at the news that former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has died aged 45.

The Spanish club announced on Friday that Pep Guardiola’s successor has lost his long battle with throat cancer.

Chelsea boss Mourinho, who came up against the Spanish coach during his time as Real Madrid manager, said: “Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and friends.

“On behalf of everybody at Chelsea Football Club I send my deepest condolences at this most difficult time.”

Vilanova had a tumour removed from his throat in November 2011 before suffering a relapse in December 2012.

He stepped down as Barcelona boss last July to continue his treatment, with Gerardo Martino taking charge.

“FC Barcelona is in immense mourning. Tito Vilanova has died at the age of 45. May he rest in peace,” read a Barcelona statement.

“The club wishes to express its most heartfelt sympathy to his family, who are being joined in these moments of mourning by FC Barcelona members and fans all around the world, as well as the rest of the footballing and sporting world.

“The Vilanova family has asked for respect for their desire for the strictest intimacy in the moments after his death.”

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