Jose Mourinho Could Reunite With Marouane Fellaini At Spurs In January

Marouane Fellaini gets a hug from manager Jose Mourinho as he is substituted shortly after coming on.

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Jose Mourinho’s fresh return to the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur’s manager has had mixed results.

On the one hand the Portuguese gaffer has been able to turn things around and engineer wins, the most impressive of which was the recent 5-0 goalfest over Burnley on Saturday.

However, the London side still has a long way to go until it becomes a typical Mourinho side.

Now, the former Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid gaffer may invoke the perfect familiar name to execute the same.

As per Les Sports, Jose Mourinho has personally asked Marouane Fellaini to join Spurs in the upcoming winter window.

The Belgian midfielder presently functions in the Chinese Super League and a return to top flight football under a gaffer who used him decisively will certainly be an attractive prospect.

Interestingly, this will be an acquisition that will differ from the defense-oriented side that Mourinho has made the trademark of his successful career.

At the same time, the fact that Fellaini quite literally won him the Europa League is bound to be the kind of factor that comes into play. Further still, Daniel Levy isn’t exactly the most liberal spender in the League and a familiar face who has a proven record of successful outings with the Special One may just prove to be one of the easier deals to persuade.

So far, he has succeeded in leading the club to within reachable distance of the top five spots, a massive improvement to what Mauricio Pochettino’s attempts led to earlier.

However, there is a precedent for his sides to have specific deals in mind to realize a broader long-term plan. He is yet to see it to fruition for the long term in the Premier League as evidenced by the Chelsea and Manchester United stints.

Will this transfer occur and provide Mourinho with an added piece to fix the Spurs jigsaw?