Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Williangate remains a serious bone of contention between Chelsea and Spurs ahead of today’s derby.
Conspiracy theories – did Mourinho just hijack it to get one over on his embittered protege AVB? – abound as to what actually happened, and how the Brazilian actually ended up at Chelsea after seeming so close to signing with Spurs.
Well, he actually HAD already signed for Spurs, The Times’ Matt Dickinson reveals today.
Far from it being a macho game of one upmanship and display of power from the Blues, though, Dickinson’s story claims that it was Willian who called the shots and had the final say.
Dickinson claims Willian actually put pen to paper with Spurs, but then ‘had a change of heart’, backed out and defected to Chelsea.
This version should actually dissipate any lingering tension between the clubs over the deal, as it was the player who played both clubs at his own game.
It does call into question more than ever the flagrant ignoring of the legality of a contract, and that these documents are now about as valuable as toilet paper in the world of football.
How can a player sign a contract, terminate it within days and then sign another? Tip-ex?
Read the Times’ Willian revelations in Dickinson’s article here (behind Paywall).