Andre Villas-Boas’ side looked set to emerge far stronger with their swoop for Anzhi Makhachkala’s 25-year-old playmaker – so Chelsea’s hijack comes as a huge setback to their plans.
The north Londoners are convinced that Blues owner Roman Abramovich was persuaded to blow apart the Willian deal because boss Mourinho fears Spurs are now credible rivals for the Premier League crown.
The Special One insisted on Tuesday: “Tottenham have a fantastic squad. They can win the title. They are in my top six.”
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