Football: Mourinho confident of signing Willian

Football: Mourinho confident of signing Willian
Tottenham target Willian

LONDON - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expects Tottenham target Willian to join the Stamford Bridge club as the two London teams battle for the services of the Anzhi Makhachkala striker.

Tottenham appeared poised to sign the Brazilian forward after he completed a medical, but Chelsea now appear to be in pole position for the deal.

"I think he's already made his decision," Mourinho said about the 25-year-old winger.

The self-styled 'Special One' nodded in the affirmative when asked if that was Chelsea.

He added: "I don't like to speak before time because football can be crazy.

"I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility."

Willian is still to undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge, but if he signs it strikes a blow for Mourinho over his former staff member Andre Villas-Boas, once of Chelsea and now Tottenham boss.

It could also hinder the prospective sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Mourinho's former club.

Willian has picked up two caps for Brazil and won four Ukrainian championshps as well as three domestic Cups during a six-year spell with Shakhtar Donetsk after coming up through the youth rankswith Brazilian giants Corinthians.

Mourinhohad insisted Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was his sole target, but revealed he had alternative options, too.

Willian is "an extra target", said Mourinho, who plans a third bid for Rooney following Monday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

"I couldn't say much in previous press conferences.

"I have to answer your questions and try to be honest, but at the same time try to hide a few things."

Purchase this article for republication.

BRANDINSIDER

SPONSORED

Most Read

Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.