Ex-Real Madrid and Seville left-back Sergio Reguilon, a certain Jose Mourinho, has sung the praises of his new coach at Tottenham Hotspur.
After spending last season on loan from Madrid in Seville, Reguilon joined Spurs this past summer.
In Andalusia, he thrived, matching the efforts of Jesus Navas on the left flank well and playing a key role as Sevilla won the Europa League and qualified for the Champions League.
He hoped to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, his club, triumphantly and fight for a spot, only to find himself surplus to the requirements. In London, however, he is now content to play under the tutelage of another former Madrid man in Mourinho.
“I could tell a thousand beautiful Mourinho stories,” Reguilon told Diario AS.
“For instance, on Christmas Day, he knew I was alone. We arrived at three on the 25th train and I had a box in my room. I opened it and there was a suckling pig inside, cooked already.
‘I know you’re alone at Christmas, so you don’t have to cook dinner and you can eat well,’ he told me. He pays attention to the nuances that most people on a day-to-day basis wouldn’t know. It is important to be so conscious of what is happening in the life of a footballer off the pitch.”
Paying dividends on it is their successful partnership off the pitch. From last season, Reguilon has carried on his good form and is helping the Spurs in their nascent title challenge.