Jose Mourinho has been advised to put all his efforts into convincing Willian to cross the London divide and leave Chelsea for Tottenham this January.
The Brazil international almost became a Spurs player when he left Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, even completing a medical before pulling the plug on the transfer and joining the Blues for £30m instead.
Willian subsequently said that Chelsea was always his first preference and he would have only signed at Tottenham if the deal had fell through.
Seven years down the line, the 31-year-old is being heavily linked with a cut-price move across the capital to link up with Mourinho again.
And former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson thinks Willian would fit perfectly in Mourinho’s squad and reckons the Portuguese manager should pull out all the stops to sign him.
“I wouldn’t care about what he has said about Spurs in the past, look at what Mourinho has said about Spurs in the past,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“If Willian became available, he is a top-quality player and if there is anyway Mourinho could convince him to come to Spurs, he’d be a brilliant addition.
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“I think he’d fit into the squad perfectly as he’s a top-class player and you know what’s gone on in the past is irrelevant.
“If he performs in a Tottenham shirt, there won’t be a problem.
“Mourinho said previously he’d never become Tottenham manager, so I’m sure with a couple of wins and a couple of trophies in the cabinet, all will be forgiven.”
Tottenham failed to find a way past Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, drawing 1-1 with the Championship outfit.
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