Tottenham manager AVB criticises player he signed for £20m

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Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas' relationship with Romelu Lukaku has taken another turn for the worst.

Think back to the summer of 2011, Andre Villas-Boas was the rising star of European football management having won a treble with Porto, and Romelu Lukaku was world football's rising star, having made an impact at Anderlecht at just 16.

When Chelsea brought the pair together it was a match made in heaven, but it could not have turned out worse if they tried.

AVB was fired by February, and Lukaku was barely given a kick - in fact he played just six matches under his management in the Premier League, each one as a substitute.

Fast forward to the present day, and the pair are at loggerheads again, in the wake of Lukaku's collision with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris which led to a concussion.

Lukaku himself sustained an injury in the coming together, but it was Tottenham's decision to let their shot stopper play on which has caught the attention, the club criticised by everybody from charities to FIFA.

AVB sought to deflect the attention on himself in a press conference this afternoon, by turning the attention to Lukaku.

"I want to believe that Lukaku’s leg was not left late to clash into Hugo’s head,” 

"I find it remarkable through all of this amount of publicity that this incident has gotten, nobody has dedicated themselves to find out if the player could have avoided the goalkeeper.

"I’m disappointed Lukaku hasn’t contacted Hugo.”

"Lukaku is a wonderful footballer and I don’t question his integrity. We had a warm hug on the pitch before the game and I’ve maximum respect for him as I think he has for me."

Note the 'I think he has for me', part. It's likely Lukaku will not take too kindly to AVB attempting to criticise him, simply to try and take the heat off himself.

It isn't like this is the first run in the pair have had; after the now Spurs boss was sacked by Chelsea, Lukaku said he would 'never forgive' the manager for his treatment.

"There is one person that I will never forgive for what he did to me – the previous coach.

"It’s not just that. It was also the way he spoke to me and treated me.

"Right from the beginning, it was weird. I could not stand how he was treating me. I received no explanation.

"In training, he put me on the right or left wing. In training matches, I was a substitute with a shirt to keep swapping teams. I really learned nothing!"

If the pair had appeared to have a mutual respect of late and 'patched things up' - it certainly looks like AVB has thrown his strained relationship with the Belgian under the bus this afternoon in a bid to simply suit his own means.

What do you think of AVB's continued defiance over the Lloris issue?

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