Jose Mourinho delivers Sergio Reguilon’s update, explains why Tottenham didn’t sign Willian

Jose Mourinho believes Sergio Reguilon will be in good shape when Tottenham host Arsenal on Sunday and explained why Spurs have not sought to sign Willian this summer.

The two teams face off in the North London derby this weekend and left-back Reguilon is one of the injuries the hosts have ahead of the game, after missing the midweek Europa League trip to LASK.

However, Mourinho believes the Spaniard, who has impressed since leaving Real Madrid, will be available.

” I believe him. He had a little problem. He was not available, ”Mourinho said. It wasn’t like I wanted to protect him. He had a problem but this is the kind of problem I can say I expect him to play. ”

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Mourinho could clash with one of his former players at Willian, with the Brazilian swapping Chelsea blue for Arsenal red when his contract at Stamford Bridge ends this summer.

“He’s still dangerous, he’s still one of the best players in the Premier League. Other than that, he’s a good friend. I have nothing to hide about it, ”said the Spurs boss.

“We keep in touch, we keep in touch, we call each other. We wish each other good things. He’s my friend and of course he’s a very good player. ”

When asked if he tried to sign his former winger on a free transfer this summer, Mourinho explained: “We don’t have any money for Willian.

“We can’t pay the salaries he gets at Arsenal so I didn’t want to waste our time because we can’t pay those salaries. ”

Mourinho admitted that the rivalry between Tottenham and 14th-placed Arsenal didn’t mean as much at the moment with the eight-point gap in the table between the two teams.

“It means more when we are not in the position that we are now because now we are in such a good position,” he said.

“It’s a little different because we want the points and we’re not just like we want to beat Arsenal because beating Arsenal is the only good thing we can give our fans.

“It happened last season when we played against Arsenal in the last part of the season. It was about winning against Arsenal to give something good, to have a good feeling.

“Right now we are also looking towards the table and we are in a good position, we are fighting for positions at the top of the table.

“But we never forget the fact that there are historic rivalries and what that means for the fans. Even for people who weren’t born in Tottenham, and a lot of us are in this situation.

“When you come to the club, you understand the culture, you learn the culture and you share the values ​​with the fans. ”

Mourinho added: “ [For Spurs it is] not winning the title is winning the next game, the next three points.

“The last game we drew in the Premier League. So in fact we have two draws in our last two games, one in the Premier League and one in the Europa League, and we want to win games. That’s all. ”

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