October 24, 2018

Jose Mourinho claims 'contempt' for verbal spat with Antonio Conte

13 January 2018, 10:27 | Anna Jefferson

Jose Mourinho shakes hands with a Chelsea coach while his counterpart Conte walks straight onto the playing surface

Jose Mourinho shakes hands with a Chelsea coach while his counterpart Conte walks straight onto the playing surface

And there are fears within the Chelsea hierarchy that Conte will decide to leave the club at the end of the season.

Kenedy emerged through the youth ranks of Vasco da Gama and Fluminense and after having played for the senior side of the latter, he was signed by Chelsea in the summer of 2015. "I think when a person insults another, you can expect a response".

The Sun reports that Conte, who led the Blues to the Premier League title a year ago, is "upset" at the club's transfer policy and growing increasingly frustrated at the Bridge. For this reason, it's normal if the press is used to speaking a lot about the managers of Chelsea.

There's no doubt the oil rich club would see Mourinho or Conte as the high profile names to take them to the next level in the continent's biggest competition. I have a lot of experience in dealing with this type of situation but there is something unusual if after the first game, which we lost against Burnley, the press push quickly to sack me. "I've got no concerns at all about Chelsea who were immaculate as they were in the summer, absolutely immaculate", he said. "We know the difficulty and for sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season with Chelsea".

But feelings were really stirred up on January 4, when Mourinho said he did not "behave as a clown on the touchline". This is football, our job is very hard as you know, everything can change a few times.

Even so, Johnson also detailed how Conte, who is a target of Paris Saint-Germain, may be on borrowed time at Chelsea, as "sources suggest his time at the club is running out". "Before you make these kind of comments you must pay great attention, because you show you are a little man".

He said: "I think this season it's very important to understand that it's not always who spends more money who wins".

With Premier League title way out of sights, both Conte and Mourinho will try to lead their team as far as they can into the Champions League.

One manager not under consideration is former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The fact Abramovich's mindset, to build a young side, is so different his employee's, to compete with Manchester City, remains an issue. If somebody speaks of one of my players to tell we are interested, I wouldn't be very happy.

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