Mourinho called his former assistant after the axe fell at Spurs.
Asked if he felt sorry for Villas-Boas, Mourinho replied: "Of course. When they gave him three, four or five years of contract, they did it because they trusted him and thought he was the right man to be their manager. They have a couple of bad results. I don't think it is a reason to change the trust and change the manager.
"But in football nothing surprises me. Every case is a different case. I don't know what was going on. I spoke with Andre three times in the last six months - one in a manager's meeting, another when we played against him and another time a couple of days ago. I just said, 'Come on! The world didn't finish. Let's go! Tomorrow's another day and another job will come, so happy Christmas!''
"We didn't speak about the case because only people inside know what is going on."
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