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Tottenham Hotspur star Kyle Walker is a big fan of former boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has hinted at being disappointed not to be facing Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League.

Spurs and the Russian side were among the last few teams to be drawn out, with Spurs landing a tie against Fiorentina instead.

A clash against former boss Andre Villas-Boas so soon may not have been everybody's preference at Spurs, but Walker would clearly have revelled in it.

He told The Sun: "I’d love to have seen him again. For me, he was brilliant, a great man-manager. He even texted me on my birthday.

"For me personally, he was fantastic. Obviously things did not go the way he wanted with us and he had to move on. But it seems ages since Andre left. And I will tell anybody — he is a good manager.”

Villas-Boas' side dropped out of the Champions League after finishing third in their group, and will play PSV in the Europa League.

Walker's comments speak volumes for AVB's man management skills, which have so frequently be lauded by former teammate Gareth Bale.

It's entirely different from when he left Chelsea, accused of being unable to command the dressing room and falling out with top stars.

Villas-Boas may have had his differences with Emmanuel Adebayor, and not been fans of signings made over his head, but it was the results which led to his demise - rather than dressing room issues, and if Tottenham do draw Zenit in later rounds, it's likely he'll be welcomed back with affection.

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