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Jose Mourinho: 'We could not afford Willian's wages'

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Willian has failed to score in 13 appearances for his new club Arsenal.
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Jose Mourinho has insisted Tottenham were never in the running to sign Willian after he left Chelsea because they could not rival the wages Arsenal were offering to the Brazilian.

The pair worked together at Stamford Bridge and the Blues notably beat Spurs to the signing of the winger from Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013.

Willian, 32, has endured a slow start to life at the Emirates since he agreed a three-year deal in August, but is still expected to feature in Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham.

“We don’t have money for Willian,” Mourinho said. “We cannot pay the wages that he gets at Arsenal so I didn’t want to waste our time because we cannot pay these wages.

“He is still dangerous, he is still one of the best players in the Premier League.

“Apart from that, he is a good friend. I have nothing to hide in relation to that. We keep in touch, we keep in contact, we call each other.

“We wish good things to each other. He is my friend and of course he is a very good player.”

Mourinho says the feeling at Tottenham ahead of this derby compared to the meeting in July is very different.

When Toby Alderweireld’s 81st-minute header sealed a 2-1 victory over Arsenal during the summer, both clubs were languishing in mid-table.

A goal from Toby Alderweireld ensured Jose Mourinho tasted success in his first north London derby in charge of Tottenham (Julian Finney/NMC Pool/PA)

This time around Spurs are top of the Premier League and unbeaten in the division since the opening day.

“It is a little bit different because we want the points and we are not just like, we want to beat Arsenal because to beat Arsenal is the only good thing we can give to our fans,” Mourinho added.

“It happened last season when we played Arsenal in the last part of the season. It was about winning against Arsenal to give something good, to have a good feeling.

“In this moment, we also look to the table and we are in a good position, fighting for positions in the top part of the table.

“But we never forget the fact that there are historical rivalries and what it means for the fans.

“Even for people that were not born at Tottenham, and many of us are in this situation, when you arrive at the club you understand the culture, you learn the culture and you share the values with the fans.”

Harry Kane knows what this fixture means more than most having progressed from Spurs’ academy – after a brief stint with Arsenal originally – to score 10 times against the Gunners.

An unspecified injury saw the striker ruled out of Thursday’s 3-3 draw with LASK, but he is set to return on Sunday and there is positive news on Sergio Reguilon as well.

“He had a little problem,” Mourinho said of Reguilon. “He was not available. It was not like I wanted to protect him. He had a problem but it’s the kind of problem that I can say I expect him to play.”

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Chelsea1985633231029
9Southampton188552621529
10Arsenal198382319427
11Aston Villa1682629181126
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle185491830-1219
16Burnley185491022-1219
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225
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