In the build up to the hotly-anticipated London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea, the current Spurs manager has revealed that he has not spoken to the Blues' owner since MarchAndre Villas-Boas has revealed that he has not talked to Roman Abramovich in the seven months since he was dismissed as head coach of Chelsea.
The Portugese tactician is currently enjoying life at Spurs where, following a sluggish start to the season, he has masterminded his team to victory in their last four league games.
Such consistent form stands in stark contrast to last year, when the then-Chelsea boss watched his team stutter for most of his brief spell in charge - after the Blues lost a highly-charged encounter against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road a year ago this weekend.
Speaking to The Sun, Villas-Boas was frank when describing his current relationship with the trigger-happy Chelsea owner.
"Have I spoken to him since I left? No.
“Will I speak to him or shake his hand at the match? No — it is highly unlikely he will be allowed into the dressing room or the tunnel.”
Villas-Boas regards that fateful clash against QPR on October 23 last year as the turning-point of his Chelsea tenure. The Blues, who lost the game 1-0, had two players sent off, while fall-out from the incident between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand rumbled on for the next 12 months. Chelsea were unable to recapture their impressive early-season momentum, ultimately leading to the manager's dismissal.
Reflecting on events, Villas-Boas told ESPN: "When I go back now to this exact date last season before we played the QPR game at Chelsea in our position, then our position at the end of the league and the events that happened after [Loftus Road]... we had a consecutive run of bad results.
"In the end, football results are about stability and jumping from adversity. At my time at Chelsea, we never got that stability. We were always up and down and when Chelsea were with Robbie [Di Matteo], he worked on the players' motivation and they went on a run.
"We went to Everton away [in the League Cup immediately after Loftus Road] and it was a massive win, then we dropped points against Arsenal. It was those two Premier League fixtures in a row that took the belief from us being champions."