AVB revealed that he had talked with Mourinho in August at a League Managers' Association meeting and he spoke of his respect for his opposite number.
After enjoying so much success since leaving Mourinho's side, Villas-Boas has a lot to thank the current Chelsea boss for.
"I think there is always an influence because, when you've worked so close together for seven years you learn methods that not only brought Jose so much success but you want to get to know those methods and apply them as well," Villas-Boas said.
"There are probably lots of things in my organisation I do similarly to him, of course.
"I don't think there's anything to prove. Jose's career speaks for itself and I'm very proud of what I've done so far and what I've achieved."