JOSE Mourinho used his weekly press briefing to reveal that Chelsea had all but tied up a deal for Willian - snatching the Brazilian from under Tottenham's noses.
And he hinted that the Blues' north London rivals would have been better off keeping quiet about the medical the 25-year-old underwent earlier in the week, which had made a move to White Hart Lane seem a done deal.
The striker underwent a medical at Spurs earlier in the week. But the Blues stepped in before a contract had been signed to persuade the Anzhi Makhachkala player to come to west London rather than north London.
“I think he has already made his decision,” said Mourinho, whose admiration for Willian was sparked by the striker's performances in the Champions League with Shakhtar Donetsk, .
“I don't like to speak before time because football can betray you but I know what the player wants. At this moment, we cannot hide that it is is a possibility.
“That's the danger of medicals before contracts. But at the same time, if you do the medical after, sometimes you can have a problem by signing a player with problems.
“The best thing to do is do the medical in secret. If the player is fine you can sign him. If the player is not fine, you don’t destroy his career. You do it in secret and after that you sign the contract.”
The £30m deal, expected to be tied up in the next few days.