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Rubenilson reveals coming to rescue of Spurs winger Chadli: AVB, Sherwood let him down

Former FC Twente star Rubenilson has revealed how he answered an SOS from the family of Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli last season.

Rubenilson played with Chadli at Twente.

"I was sitting with my wife in Craiova, Romania when Chadli's brother called me and asked if I could go visit. Nacer was struggling.

"I immediately said that I would go, but we would not be talking about football. Upon his departure, Andre Villas-Boas had apparently declared that he knew nothing about Chadli. That in itself is a slap in the face. And if you include Tim Sherwood, the new coach, said he did not even deserve to play, it makes sense that you hit a dip."

Rubenilson continued: "So it was only after my time in London, the end of February, it started to go better for him a bit. Nacer's biggest mistake is that he continues to be generous on the pitch. Consequently, he's not using his talent to the fullest.

"Sometimes you see him, for example, very deep back in defence to lend a hand."

Rubenilson also revealed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a fan, recalling a visit from the then Real Madrid coach for a game between Twente and Ajax.

"He bossed that game, he was so good that Jose Mourinho - who was scouting Ajax as coach of Real Madrid - after the game was whispering to him: 'We're monitoring your performance, do not forget that'."

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