Conte hits back at 'senile' Mourinho

The war of words between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte continues

The war of words between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte continues Credit GETTY IMAGES

Conte suggested that the Manchester United manager had forgotten some of his own past behaviour when it was put to him that Mourinho had suggested that he behaved like a clown on the touchline.

The former Juventus head coach will only have one year left on his contract at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, and it is understood that Chelsea's transfer policy has led to a number of disagreements. I think that is a form of respect you must have and, I repeat, sometimes, for example, Wenger forgets that in our last few games [against Arsenal], we finish the game with 10 men.

"Probably the journalist wanted to say that but didn't have the courage so he said "Mourinho said you behaved like a clown".

Mourinho responded: "I don't blame him". I was speaking about myself, saying I don't need to behave as a clown to show passion, that I control my emotions in a better way, everybody knows I don't need the Chelsea manager to say that I made mistakes in the past, and I will make in the future.

This is a reference to the time when Mourinho ran down the Old Trafford touchline during his visit there as FC Porto manager in 2004.

"I celebrated goals by running 50 metres".

"Because the question that comes to him is completely wrong, and because of that, he had that out of control reaction".

"It doesn't mean that my passion is not the same". Press should apologize to me and him.

"But what never happened to me - and will never happen - is to be suspended for match-fixing". "That never happened to me and will never happen".

But Mourinho denied that he had aimed the comments at Conte. He was given a ten-month ban, later reduced to four, before being acquitted of the charges.

But Conte was quick to remind Mourinho that he was once rather similar.

The Chelsea manager was clearly upset over Wenger's remarks.

When asked about those comments on Friday, Conte said some of Mourinho's past behaviour must have slipped his mind, and used the Italian phrase "demenza senile" to suggest that maybe the Portuguese boss was losing his memory in his old age.

Conte said: "I think he has to see himself in the past - maybe he was speaking about himself in the past".

The Blues' boss further added: "When you forgot what you say in the past, your behaviours, and when you totally forgot, you must be anxious as it means you are becoming old and you need a check".

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