Tottenham Boss Andre Villas-Boas Responds To Willian Speculation

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Spurs manager admits to Willian liking.

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has remained tight-lipped on his club’s chances of signing Anzhi Makhachkala forward Willian, though he admits he is a fan of the player.

The Brazilian looks likely to leave Russia for the Premier League this summer after also attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, and Villas-Boas told that he is still looking at bringing in new players before the end of the transfer window.

“I’ve spoken about him [Willian] in the past long ago,” he said. “He’s a player I appreciate and is player that belongs to Anzhi and out of respect I won’t like to extend myself.”

Willian would likely cost over £30million and represent a real statement of intent from Tottenham, who have already been very active in the transfer window so far, bringing in big names such as Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue in an attempt to persuade Real Madrid target Gareth Bale to stay at the club.

Though with Bale thought to be keen on a big-money move to Spain, Villas-Boas may also be thinking about replacements, and will be tempted by Willian’s ability to play out wide as well as upfront.

Another reported Spurs target, Pablo Osvaldo, was confirmed as a Southampton player yesterday, and Villas-Boas revealed that the ex-Roma striker was not someone he was looking at.

“He’s a player that I like but he’s not somebody I was going in for,” he said.

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