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04th Nov 2016

André Villas-Boas has landed a new job for absolutely silly money

The Portuguese is now on more money than Arsène Wenger and Jürgen Klopp.

Mike Wright

People in football getting paid ludicrous sums is not groundbreaking news.

But André Villas-Boas has just shifted the paradigm from silly money to completely absurd.

The former Spurs boss has been appointed manager of Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG for a reported £11m a year.

His new ridiculous deal means he’s on more money than the likes of Arsène Wenger (£8m) and Jürgen Klopp (around £7m).

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 13: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC at Parc des Princes on September 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Now the Chinese Super League has been throwing some eye-watering sums around lately in a bid to attract the sort of talent that will make it a global brand.

For instance in the summer the Chinese side Shandong Luneng signed Graziano Pelle from Southampton on a crazy £260,000-per-week deal.

However one interesting development of Villas-Boas’s new gilt-edged pay packet is that it now puts him in the same ballpark as his former mentor Jose Mourinho, who’s reportedly on around £10-12m a year.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 03: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Fenerbahce SK and Manchester United FC at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on November 3, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Possibly not the sort of news an already cranky Jose wants to be hearing considering the pair fell out not long after Villas-Boas left his backroom team to pursue his own managerial career.

The pair’s relationship is apparently still sour and news like this is unlikely to aid the healing process.

It’s a good job Jose isn’t the petty, fiercely-competitive type.

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