Mourinho admits Conte ´contempt´ but wants end to feud

Ross Barkley in action for Everton last season

Ross Barkley in action for Everton last season

Carroll continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea, with manager Antonio Conte keen to provide cover for Alvaro Morata as the business end of the season arrives.

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There has been inconsistency on the pitch, usually, maddeningly, right in the middle of consistent runs of form, never more acutely highlighted than by their drab goalless draw with Championship side Norwich in the FA Cup last week. "But remember, when you wind Mourinho up, he's very clever in these debate situations". I trust in my work and what we are doing in these two seasons.

"Something is strange if after the first game we lost against Burnley the press pressed quickly for me to be sacked for another coach. I am improving a bit my English - because this is the real problem for me - otherwise, we can go, we can go to fight".

"However, I think that Mourinho is such a good debater, and maybe also this time he has been trying to divert the attention from his team".

Conte's future at Stamford Bridge has been in doubt amid claims the Italian was ready to quit his job this summer. The gap [between United and City] is very big and this can make him nervous.

Veteran Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli eloquently described the differences between the pair when interviewed back in 2015, the Tuscany-native having been a key part of the backline for both men.

#Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and #MUFC counterpart Jose Mourinho have become embroiled in a bitter war of words.

If that record is to fall, it looks like being some very favourable opposition too.

"I don't think that Conte has realized who he has been dealing with yet".

Ranieri didn't even get a year after winning the Premier League.

And speaking on Friday, Mourinho showed no inclination to let tempers calm as he once more went on the warpath. "Now in England you have this habit to sack a manager early".

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Mourinho also gave an update on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of Monday's Premier League game against Stoke (20:00 GMT). "We must be satisfied for his physical condition".

Whatever the ongoing debate about that, there's absolutely no way that Mourinho is past it as regards his media performance.

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