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Willian’s reaction when asked if Tottenham’s Mourinho contacted him in summer

Willian could only laugh to himself when queried on Tottenham's interest in him over the summer.

The Brazilian left Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge where made 339 appearances.

But contract talks failed when he asked for three years and the club would only offer two.

It led to the 32-year-old leaving on a free transfer with a number of teams interested, including Tottenham.

With Jose Mourinho in charge, the rumours were flying, as The Special One was a known admirer of Willian.

The two worked together at Chelsea and he was his preferred winger – even forcing Juan Mata to leave.

However, a transfer did not materialise and instead, he joined their north London rivals – Arsenal.

The veteran forward has already established himself as a key part of Mikel Arteta's side this season, making nine appearances.

When asked by the Daily Mail if he had any contact with Mourinho over joining him at Tottenham, he started chuckling.

“We are friends, you know,” he told them.

“He is doing a good job there. Inside the pitch I do my job and he does his. But outside the pitch we are friends.

“I don't think that should be a problem, to text and say 'good luck' or something. I think until now he is the best manager I have had. As everyone said, the 'Special One’.”

Willian had his best goalscoring season in the Premier League last year, netting nine times in 36 appearances but admitted Arsenal wanted him more than Chelsea.

"It was difficult," he added. "They knew how much I wanted to stay. I wanted to be a legend for the club.

"It was strange. But Arsenal was different. Every day they called my agent and wanted to meet or talk. They really wanted me to go there.

"That's the difference. I see one club that made a lot of effort for me to go there, pushing a lot. And another who just said: 'Two years or go'.

"I was a little bit sad with that but I respected Chelsea's policy. Now it's a new club, a new challenge, a new experience, a new life.

"Now it's time to work to try to win more titles."

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