The ongoing war of words between Tottenham Hotspur and London rivals Chelsea continued today, with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas dismissing suggestions that the Lilywhites were in any way inferior to the Blues.
Earlier this week Victor Becali, the agent of Tottenham’s Vlad Chiriches, claimed the player had been the subject of interest from Jose Mourinho and that, provided he excelled at White Hart Lane, he would be moving to Chelsea within two years.
The comments appeared to suggest that the Romanian would look to use his time at Spurs as a stepping stone to StamfordBridge, something that added to the ongoing bad blood between the two clubs.
Speaking to reporters this weekend, the 35-year-old described the words of Becali was “disproportionate and out of reality”.
"I have spoken to the player, told the player to speak to the agent and we have acted accordingly,” he said.
"We consider ourselves a big club. We're not a stepping stone to anybody.”
AVB is believed to have been previously angered by Chelsea’s conduct in the acquisition of midfielder Willian, a player who had previously agreed terms with Tottenham only to opt for a move to the Blues once Jose Mourinho expressed interest.
The tension between the clubs is heightened further by the animosity that already exists between the Spurs coach and his former boss Mourinho, with the pair reportedly not on speaking terms since the former’s departure from Inter Milan.
There could be yet more issues between the clubs, with Tottenham this week linked with a big-money summer move for Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku, who is currently enjoying a rich vein of form while on loan at Everton.
The 20-year-old has reportedly been identified by Spurs as the ideal replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor, who is believed to be keen on departing the North London club.
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