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Moutinho heaps praise on Villas-Boas

Joao Moutinho has hinted that he has not given up on joining Tottenham in January after revealing he hopes to work with Andre Villas-Boas again.

Moutinho, who described his former FC Porto boss as "one of the best coaches in Europe", has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane in recent months. Indeed, a deadline-day transfer almost came to fruition until the £22 million deal collapsed.

The Portugal international says he remains focused on performing for his current club, but also heaped praise on the Spurs manager.

"Tottenham is not in my head now, although I was flattered by the interest, especially by the coach. Andre Villas-Boas is one of the best coaches in Europe today.

"The transfer window is closed but now I am focused on Porto and prefer not to talk about something which may or may not happen.

"Porto is a club which offers maximum stability to help me show my best level. I cannot talk about anything else until that changes," said Moutinho.

Following the close of the transfer window, Villas-Boas expressed his disappointment at having missed out on signing Moutinho.

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