Tottenham ball boy says Jose Mourinho praise has 'made my life'

Jose Mourinho was very impressed by quick-thinking ball boy Callum Hynes

The Tottenham ball boy praised by Jose Mourinho in the Champions League win over Olympiakos says the Spurs boss’ reaction has “made my life”.

With Spurs losing 2-1 and Olympiakos attempting to regroup as the ball drifted out of play, Callum Hynes quickly gave Serge Aurier a new ball.

His throw-in found Lucas Moura, who picked out Harry Kane for the equaliser – Spurs going on to win 4-2.

“It’s all a bit surreal. I was just doing my job” said Callum, 15.

Mourinho sought out Callum after the goal celebration to shake his hand and give him a hug.

The Portuguese said afterwards: “I love intelligent ball boys like I was. I was a brilliant ball boy as a kid.

“And this kid today was brilliant. He reads the game, understands the game and made an important assist.

“He’s not there just to look to the stands, lights or scarves. He’s living the game and playing it very well.”

Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I tried to invite him into the dressing room after the game to celebrate with the team but he’d slipped away.”

On Thursday Callum, who is in his sixth season as a ball boy, told Tottenham’s website