Ireland says he is getting on well with his new pal from three doors up the street, and that the Portuguese has already offered to have a kickabout with his youngest son.
“He told me that, as a kid, he had a poster of me," Ireland told The Athletic.
“He said that when he played Football Manager he always signed me.
“I was like, 'You had me on a poster? And, seriously, you sign me for Football Manager?' I mean, how weird is that?"