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Ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby, José Mourinho spoke about his close relationship with Arsenal winger Willian.
Tottenham and Arsenal will team up this weekend in, historically at least, unusual circumstances, with firm Spurs favorites to get ahead in the competition.
Mourinho’s men are the best in the league, while Mikel Arteta’s Gunners only seem capable of scoring points in the Europa League today.
They are heading to Tottenham like the losers, but with one player who scored twice against them and coach Mourinho last season: Willian.
The Brazilian scored two goals for Chelsea during a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last season. Considering her past relationship with him, it might seem strange that Mourinho left him after his departure from Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has now offered some insight into why Willian was allowed to sign for his rivals after a meeting with him, though he noted that he still has a brilliant relationship with the winger:
“We don’t have money for Willian. We can’t pay the salary he receives at Arsenal, so I didn’t want to waste time because we can’t pay those salaries.”
“He’s still dangerous, he’s still one of the best players in the Premier League. Other than that he’s a good friend. I have nothing to hide in relation to that. We keep in touch, we keep in touch, we call each other. we wish each other good things. He’s my friend and of course he’s a very good player. “
He’ll expect Willian’s terrible form in an Arsenal jersey to continue into the weekend, even if the pair are as close as he suggests.