Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has revealed that manager Jose Mourinho recently called him and jokingly asked him to join the Londoners amid their injury crisis.
The Londoners have been without key players Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, as they are both out injured, and are left without any strikers in the team. A few days ago, Mourinho jokingly suggested that he would sign Crouch as an emergency forward and the former forward reciprocated the joke via Twitter.
Mourinho, meanwhile, went further forward with the whole scenario. According to Crouch, the former Porto boss called him via FaceTime and expressed his interest in signing him, laughing about it all the while.
"It was Tuesday afternoon when my phone began to ring and an unfamiliar number flashed up,” Crouch revealed on his Daily Mail column.
"Ordinarily, I would not have answered. The fact it was a FaceTime call, though, made things a bit different. My initial thought was that it was my wife Abbey, who had gone to the Brits.
“[…] But when I answered, it wasn't Abbey staring back from the other end, it was Mourinho, sitting in his office with a glint in his eye."
Crouch continued by revealing what conversation they had.
"'Are you ready, then?'
"Jose was laughing now - almost as much as I was. 'Peter! Come on! We need you! We need you!'
"Tottenham's press office had my number and had given it to the manager. As much as I would love to answer his call, however, I concluded - given the refuelling I've done since entering retirement - that it might take me a little longer than normal to recapture full fitness.”