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André Villas-Boas Denies Rift With Chelsea Boss José Mourinho

The former Chelsea manager claims there’s no bad blood between him and Mourinho.

Zenit St Petersburg manager André Villas Boas has denied that he has a feud with his former boss and mentor José Mourinho.

There have long been rumours in the press that the two had a falling out after Villas-Boas took the Chelsea job. The two had worked together for five years at the Blues, Inter Milan and FC Porto; and the 37-year-old insists he would still happily go for a drink with his old colleague:

“If the opportunity arose again, why not? I get asked that question a lot, as if there were some animosity. We spoke recently. There’s a mutual respect between us and we haven’t forgotten the important moments we experienced”, Marca quote the Portuguese manager as saying.

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Villas-Boas is doing a good job of rehabilitating his career in Russia after his disastrous spells at Stamford Bridge and Tottenham Hotspur and the manager is proving a hit at Zenit.

His side are top of the table, seven points clear of second placed CSKA Moscow, and have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League, where they will face PSV Eindhoven in the round of 32.

How his side will be affected by the developing financial problems in Russia remains to be seen.

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