Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has been praised by Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, who described the Portuguese as the “most impressive person” he knows.
Khedira signed for Real Madrid in July 2010, just two months after Mourinho became head coach at the Bernabeu, and the two worked together for three years.
Together, the two won the 2010-11 Copa del Rey, the 2011-12 La Liga title and the 2012 Spanish Super Cup.
Mourinho then left Real in the summer of 2013, returning to Chelsea, while Khedira upped sticks two years later, linking up with current club Juve.
The Germany international has a glittering CV featuring numerous league championships, a Champions League and the 2014 World Cup, and has worked with some truly incredible names.
However, Khedira’s favourite of all is the current Spurs boss, admitting on his Instagram Live that he’s still regularly in touch with the coach after being asked who he rates highest amongst his peers.
“The most impressive person as a coach and person is Jose Mourinho because in fact he trusted me,” Khedira said, as quoted by Goal.com.
“The biggest step in my career from Stuttgart to Real Madrid after World Cup 2010 and he taught me a lot of technical stuff but also improved me as a person, he trusted me.
“I still have an amazing relationship with him, I’m still in contact with him and I follow him as a coach and as a person and that’s why I choose Jose Mourinho.”
Mourinho may have his critics, but he is respected by many in the game, and given Khedira’s impressive career, for him to speak so highly of the Spurs boss is testament to the success the Portuguese is capable of bringing to clubs and players.
Realistically, there’s little chance of Khedira and Mourinho working as player and boss at Spurs, given the player is 33 and contracted to Juve until 2021, the club having the option for a further year (Transfermarkt).
However, it’s great to see how much respect Mourinho commands with one of the best midfielders in world football over the past 15 years, and who knows, Khedira’s great relationship with the Portuguese could potentially lead to a coaching role some years down the line?