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Jose Mourinho has zero regrets over Tottenham missing out on Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United


Fernandes was a Spurs target (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho has insisted he wouldn’t take Bruno Fernandes over Giovani Lo Celso despite the former Tottenham target flourishing at Manchester United.

Fernandes was an instant hit at Old Trafford having joined the Red Devils in January, while Lo Celso has managed to find his feet since the arrival of Mourinho at Spurs.

Tottenham were close to signing Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon last summer, but the two clubs couldn’t come to an agreement on a transfer fee.

Fernandes has since revealed he had agreed to join Tottenham before they turned their attentions to signing Lo Celso from Real Betis.

Mourinho was asked if he was disappointed Totttenham had missed out on the Portuguese star.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t know anything about that, but if that is true, and if Giovani Lo Celso was the player that came to Spurs [instead of Bruno Fernandes], then I would say I wouldn’t change Giovani Lo Celso for any player.

‘[I wouldn’t swap Lo Celso] for any player. It’s not just for Bruno, but for any player.’

Lo Celso has excelled under Mourinho (Picture: Getty)

Lo Celso has been a key figure in the early days of Mourinho’s reign at the club and the Spurs head coach explained how the Argentine won a spot in his side.

‘I came to the club and he wasn’t playing. I think the only match he started was Red Star Belgrade away in the Champions League – apart from that he was not playing.

‘When I arrived I went in other directions and he did exactly what I love a player to do: “I’m going to show you”.

‘[There was] no spoiled kid reactions, no crying, no moaning, no agents and family throwing messages to the press and to the social media.

‘It was just between him and me: “I’m going to show you”, and he showed me step-by-step.

‘He’s working with lots of different conditions to try to play and to try to resist until the end of the season so what you see from Gio now is not the end product – he’s a fantastic player for us.’

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