Friday 15 December 2017

Villas-Boas: We should all fear Jose

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted he and every top Premier League manager would be looking over their shoulders if Jose Mourinho left Real Madrid this summer.

Villas-Boas was relaxed about a report suggesting Mourinho would be interested in returning to Stamford Bridge were the self-styled 'Special One' to cut his ties with the Spanish giants.

The Blues manager acknowledged speculation over his own position would be rife if Mourinho became available but insisted the same would apply to the likes of Alex Ferguson, Roberto Mancini, Harry Redknapp, Kenny Dalglish and Arsene Wenger.

Villas-Boas, who worked under Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, said: "At the moment, there is not a vacancy at this club. And the Real Madrid manager is tied to the best club in the world.

"The only thing I can say is that I have lived Jose's availability when we were out of Chelsea and I know how many clubs came knocking on our doors. A manager of Jose's dimension will always be an attractive target."

Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England one day.


Villas-Boas added: "He will for sure capture the interests of City, United and Chelsea and Tottenham and Liverpool and Arsenal, and so on and so forth. So, in that sense, we are all under pressure."

Villas-Boas appears under more pressure than most, with Chelsea 12 points behind leaders Manchester City and United.

The Blues have a chance to cut the gap when they meet United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

However, they will be without half their first-choice defence, with Ashley Cole suspended and John Terry ruled out injured on the same day he was stripped of the England captaincy.

Villas-Boas admitted the loss of Terry was a blow, saying: "He is the captain, leader, on the pitch and off the pitch and he's a great player, so we'll miss him, of course."

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