Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has once again shown his class amid a testing situation.
A blow such as losing out on the £30 million player would have been enough for plenty of managers to see the red mist.
But in the face of media questioning, AVB maintained his composure and turned the other cheek.
He said: "The answer that I want to tell you is Willian made a choice to join Chelsea and I can only wish him good luck because he is a person I have a good relationship and he has decided to join another club.
"Good luck to him ... he made a choice, that he feels is important for the development of his career, good luck to him."
It may just be a small gesture of goodwill, but should not go unnoticed.
Whether his fingers were crossed behind his back or not isn't really the point.
It would have been easy for AVB to go on the offensive on this one; and few would begrudge him using the situation to grinding a personal axe with Chelsea, the club who fired him 18 months ago.
Whether Willian will remain on his Christmas card list remains to be seen, but you suspect AVB's 'good luck' message may have had a 'you'll need it', in his head which he just chose not to fan the flames by uttering.
What do you think about the Willian deal? Is he right for Chelsea?
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