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Former Manchester United first-team coach says signing Willian will be 'major trump card' for Tottenham Hotspur
10:09am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
Exiled Anzhi Makhachkala boss Rene Meulensteen thinks Tottenham’s close-to-complete deal for Brazillian star Willian would be a “major trump card”.
The club’s owner Suleyman Kerimov is looking to reduce his involvement and financial backing of the Russian Premier League side and as a result, a week ago transfer-listed the entire first team.
With the cut-price sale now underway, stars such as Willian are being ousted in order to free up funds which Meulensteen, who lasted just 16 days before being sacked, believes will benefit Spurs and the aesthetics of Premier League as a whole.
The former Manchester United first-team coach told Sky Sports News: "I've worked with him for a short time but I really, really like him. He will be an asset for whoever's going to get him.
"If it's Spurs that's going to get him they'll get an excellent player. He's very versatile, he can play in different positions, he's a very creative player and an excellent professional with a very good personality.
"He's going to be a major trump card for Spurs if they can get the deal to go through.
"He can beat a player, he can score a goal. I thought he was an absolute delight to work with."
If a deal for the former Shahktar playmaker can be verified before the transfer window’s closure date on September 2, he will link-up with fellow Brazilian Paulinho who joined from Corinthians this summer, as Andre-Villas Boas’ side potentially look to life after Gareth Bale.
The Welshman’s exit could be confirmed in the next two weeks as Real look to match Spurs’ £100m valuation of the player.
Meulensteen does not think the Brazilian is a direct replacement for the talented Bale though.
“You can't compare the two, he's a completely different player," said Meuleensteen.
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