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“It's a club I feel connection with because of Mr Robson, it's a simple as that,” Mourinho explained to Sky Sports. “He had a huge passion for Newcastle and his area, Durham. He had it in his heart. So, through him I have become a little magpie!”
Asked if he might have followed Robson to Newcastle when the late manager moved to Newcastle in 1999, Mourinho replied: “At the time I was already eyeing a different direction. Mr Robson always knew that I wanted to give everything that I could to him, but at the same time he also knew I had my eyes in a different direction - but yes, there was a chance.”
Refreshed by the additions of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Mark Gillespie, Mourinho believes that his Spurs side will face a great test.
“They managed to get some important players, that's for sure,” he said, considering the failed takeover bid from a Saudi Arabian-led consortium.
“I could even feel Steve's happiness when he was speaking about the new players. It's been a really good transfer window for them so I don't believe there has been a negative impact.”
Tottenham are seeking to build on their victory over Southampton last weekend, in which Mourinho’s men came from a goal down to secure a 5-2 win over their hosts, with Son Heung-min grabbing four goals, all of which were assisted by Harry Kane, who capped his display off with his side’s fifth.