Jose Mourinho: Why I don’t speak often with ‘big friend’ Louis van Gaal

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gives an insight into his relationship with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he hasn’t spoken as much to Louis van Gaal due to the rivalry between their clubs, despite describing the Manchester United manager as a “big, big friend”.

The Chelsea boss worked under the Dutchman during the 63-year-old’s reign at Barcelona between 1996 and 2000 before Mourinho embarked on his own management career at Portuguese side Benfica.

Obviously this season because of our jobs working in the same country for teams with the same objectives, we are not speaking every week

Jose Mourinho

The Premier League leaders face a rejuvenated United side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as Mourinho’s men look to halt the 20-time English champions’ six-game winning run.

The pair warmly embraced after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season, but Mourinho revealed they have become more distance since Van Gaal took charge of United last May.

“I consider him a big, big, big friend,” Mourinho told reporters at his media conference on Friday afternoon.

“Obviously this season because of our jobs working in the same country for teams with the same objectives, we are not speaking every week.

“The deep feeling of a big friend, that doesn’t change.”

Chelsea have the chance to move 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal this weekend, with the Gunners in action against Reading in the first FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Mourinho is looking to win the second trophy of his current spell at the west London club after he guided the Blues to League Cup glory in March.

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