Matt Doherty has admitted that he has enjoyed working with Jose Mourinho since arriving at Tottenham and that the Portuguese coach’s presence at the club was one of the reasons he decided to move to North London.
Doherty has been one of the most effective attacking wing-backs in the Premier League since Wolves’ promotion to the top-flight in 2018, with the Lilywhites pulling off a coup by snapping him up for a reported £13.4 million.
There were suggestions that Doherty’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who also represents Mourinho and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, was instrumental in the deal.
Doherty has admitted that he was promised a move away from Wolves when he changed his representation.
The right-back told The Guardian: “I signed with them [Gestifute agency] to see where I could go.
“They kind of said to me they would move me on and I assumed to something bigger and better.
“They’ve been very good for me so I’ve got nothing but respect and thank them for what they’ve done.”
The Republic of Ireland international revealed that he did not speak with Mourinho until the deal was “pretty much done” but admitted that the prospect of working with the Spurs boss appealed to him.
Speaking about his first couple of weeks working with the 57-year-old, Doherty said: “He has been even better than I expected.
“He has that relationship with players on a personal level where he has a great sense of humour, he can joke around with them. He cares a lot for his players.”
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The fact that we have been able to attract so many top players to the club this summer despite having no Champions League football to offer is certainly a testament to Jose’s pulling power. Nearly all of our summer signings have spoken about Mourinho being influential in their decision to come to Spurs.
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