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Mourinho silent on Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to comment on his relationship with Andre Villas-Boas, once an ally and now a rival, ahead of the Blues' London derby with Tottenham on Saturday.

Villas-Boas worked for Mourinho at Porto, Inter Milan and Chelsea but the friendship has broken down, with the Spurs boss insisting it is no longer a concern ahead of the first contest between the pair as managers.

Mourinho said: "I don't describe (the relationship), because I'm not a kid to discuss relationships with the media. It's a personal thing.

"I don't care what he says. I'm here, not to comment on what he says or what to know what he says. I'm not interested."

However, there was an awkward conclusion to his pre-match media conference when Mourinho was asked if the "spirit" of Sir Bobby Robson, cited by both men as a mentor, would be at White Hart Lane.

Mourinho said: "Why? Where (did) he work with Andre?"

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