Spurs boss Mourinho: I wouldn’t swap Lo Celso for Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes – or any other player

The Spurs boss has rather dramatically asserted that the Argentine midfielder has no equal and pegged him to truly have a huge future in London

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has claimed he would not swap Giovani Lo Celso for Bruno Fernandes if given the chance, with the Manchester United midfielder having reportedly been on the verge of signing for Spurs before ‘The Special One’ arrived.

It is said that Tottenham had opened talks with Sporting CP regarding Fernandes all through last summer’s transfer window, but eventually ended up signing Lo Celso – originally on financing deal – from Real Betis.

Under Mourinho’s stewardship, Lo Celso has since develop into a permanent fixture for Spurs, having completed a £27 million ($34m) transfer.

In that point, Fernandes went on to shine at United, breathing new lease of life into a side that had struggled for form and creativity and offering the club a lot of options moving forward alongside fellow orchestrator Paul Pogba.

Lo Celso, meanwhile, has additionally impressed – although not to the extent of Fernandes.

“I don’t know anything about that,” Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about Spurs’ reported talks with Sporting. “But if that is correct, and Giovani Lo Celso was the player that came to Spurs [instead], then I would say I wouldn’t change Lo Celso for any player.

“Not just for Bruno, but for any player.”

Mourinho went on to praise Lo Celso’s attitude, forcing his way in to Mourinho’s plans due to his application in training. In addition, the Argentine has additionally been playing through injury as the Lilywhites chase Champions League qualification from the Premier League.

“I came to the club and he wasn’t playing,” Mourinho added. “I think the only real match that he started was Red Star Belgrade away in the Champions League. Apart from that, he wasn’t playing.

“When I arrived I went in other directions and he did exactly what I love a player to do: ‘I’m going to show you’.

“No spoiled kid reactions, no crying, no moaning, no agents and family throwing messages to the press and on social media. It was just between him and me: ‘I’m going to show you’. And he did show me, step-by-step.

“The way that he was working every day, the way that he was coming to matches, the way that he was changing matches.

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“I remember the match against Liverpool: that he was on the bench, that he came on for the final half-an-hour and he changed the game. The only thing that did not happen was us changing the result because we were so unlucky, but that he changed the overall game.

“When he had his first start: ‘Goodbye, I provide you with no chance and this place is mine’. In this moment, what individuals can see from him can be an injured player playing, or a player that throughout the week just isn’t working just like the others.

“He’s working with lots of different conditions to try to play and to try to resist until the end of the season so what you see from Gio now is not the end product – he’s a fantastic player for us.”