Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has ended his war of words with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup final.
Both Mourinho and Conte have been involved in a long-running feud which started last season. Both managers clashed after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over United at Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho later said that the Italian’s celebrations were “humiliating”.
This season Conte said Mourinho was suffering from senile dementia, and the Manchester United boss responding by pointing to Conte’s match-fixing suspension at his former club Siena, which he was later acquitted of.
But when asked lately about his relationship with Conte, Mourinho claimed the pair are now at peace.
“It’s okay. It’s okay,” he told Portuguese newspaper, Record
“He stretched out [to shake hands], I stretched out. We got bored.
“After the game in Manchester, I invited him to come to my office. We talked. Nothing’s wrong.”
Mourinho also went on to reveal he plans to replace departing assistant manager Rui Faria with a new coach whom he has worked with before.
He said: “It’s a person coming is one who worked with me before, but I can’t say the name because he’s still linked to another club.
“There are many good coaches, but I like to make my assistants. I do not like trained coaches, I like to shape them in my way of thinking and they grow with me and I also grow with them.”