Mourinho’s private phone call with Bailly after Tottenham sacking

Jose Mourinho gave Eric Bailly a phone call after his dismissal from Tottenham was announced, the defender has admitted.

It has been a miserable year for Spurs, who will not be in the Champions League next season.

They will take part in the inaugural Europa Conference League, along with the likes of Dynamo Brest, BK Hacken and Tobol.

Just a week before the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho was sacked and Ryan Mason installed as interim boss until the end of the season.

Manchester City went on to win the cup while Tottenham's season continued to unravel while The Special One found employment quite quickly.

Just days after his dismissal, AS Roma hired Mourinho to take charge at the start of next season.

There are already a host of players he used to work with in England that are linked with a switch to Serie A.

They include Manchester United star Nemanja Matic, Arsenal winger Willian and Spurs defender Eric Dier, but one player he has kept in close contact with is Red Devils ace Bailly.

And the Ivorian has revealed how he was one of the first players Mourinho contacted after news broke of his sacking in north London.

He told The Times: “When he [Mourinho] was sacked from Tottenham I sent him a message and when he signed for Roma I spoke to him on the phone.

"We had a few laughs. He’s a coach I’ve always been good with. Hopefully, he’ll do well in Italy and we’ll meet in the future."

Bailly signed a new contract this season despite his lack of game-time and with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to sign a new centre-back.

He could face his old club Villarreal next Wednesday in the Europa League final if Harry Maguire does not recover from injury.

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