Former Spurs target Willian Jose has offered a full-throated apology to his side Real Sociedad over his conduct in the lead-up to his failed move to the English capital.
The 28-year-old had been a January target for Jose Mourinho’s men as late into the window as deadline day, but the Spanish club ended all hope of a last-gasp move with a twitter announcement earlier today.
The frontman had initially been earmarked as a possible Harry Kane replacement while the England number nine recovers from injury.
Spurs have often been found wanting when it comes to signing a reliable back-up to Kane, but alas, no deal was forthcoming.
In light of this, Willian Jose recently launched headfirst into bridge mending mode when trying to repair his damaged relationship with Sociedad, and admitted the lure of playing in the Champions League with Tottenham was a major motivating factor in him pushing for the move.
“I saw that it was a very good opportunity for me to get out of here and play Champions League, with a Premier League team.
“Many things have happened, and all I have to do is apologise to the fans, the teammates and the coach, who have always trusted me.
“I said I wasn’t going to the game against Espanyol. I don’t know if it was the best decision, but it was what I thought at the time.
“I had a lot of information in my head, and I told the president that I didn’t have it to go to the game. It has passed, and I apologise. I will work every day to have people’s trust again.
“Not only the fans, but I am also hurt. I will continue working to score goals and give joy to the fans so that they shout my name again in Anoeta. It will be an immense happiness.”
Speaking to the Daily Star, international ally Van Dijk revealed his admiration for the winger and hopes he can muster a spell of form to carry through until the end of the season.