Jose Mourinho insists he has ‘a lot of respect’ for Arsene Wenger
Jose Mourinho insists that Arsene Wenger is a "nice guy" and has plenty of respect for the Arsenal manager
Jose Mourinho insists that Arsene Wenger is a “very nice guy” and has plenty of respect for the Arsenal manager.
The pair endured a bitter personal feud when Mourinho was last in charge at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho famously calling the Gunners boss “a voyeur” and claiming he was obsessed with Chelsea.
However, Mourinho has revealed that he has “a lot of respect” for the Arsenal manager and is looking forward to renewing on-pitch rivalries in the Premier League next season.
“He’s a nice guy,” said Mourinho. “I had a chance to meet him much, much better when I left England and I started meeting him in Uefa [coaching meetings], at the Euros, the World Cup.
“I think I met him a few times, we had dinner and so on. When you are not in the same league and when you are not playing against each other, it is easier to get to know people, it is easier to go deeper. It is easy to speak about football. He’s a very nice guy.
“I respect him a lot and I will show it always.
“In football, things like this happen. Sometimes, even if you are friends and respect each other, sometimes you say something the other doesn’t like and you react but, at the end of the day, I respect him a lot and I have the feeling that he is the same in relation to me.
“I wouldn’t bet for one single problem between us.”