But the pair fell out when the “apprentice” left the “master” and his backroom team at the San Siro to take his first job as a No 1 with Portuguese side Academica in 2009.
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AVB said: “It’s a club co-operation. I worked for Jose for five years but we haven’t spoken for quite some time.
“Will I be speaking with him to get some players?
“I haven’t got his number.”