Antonio Conte sends Chelsea message to Man United boss Jose Mourinho

Antonio Conte says Jose Mourinho has his full respect for the impact he has had during his time at Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte has told Jose Mourinho that the Manchester United boss has the full respect of Chelsea.

The Portuguese coach’s doomed second spell in charge of the Blues was brought to an abrupt end in December 2015 when he was sacked with his team languishing close to the relegation zone.

His dismissal came just months after he led Chelsea to a Premier League and League Cup double.

Conte was drafted in as Mourinho’s successor at Stamford Bridge last summer and the Italian has had a huge impact at the club.

His Chelsea side are currently flying seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they prepare for their crunch trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

And Conte has insisted that Chelsea will never forget the success that Mourinho brought to the club during his two spells in west London.

Speaking at his news conference on Friday afternoon, Conte said: “He won a lot with this team, this club has always shown him great respect for his past.

“If you remember I thought the same and it doesn’t change. I have great respect for his history of this club.”

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Chelsea finished 10th and without a trophy last season in the wake of Mourinho’s sacking. His Manchester United team are currently fifth in the table.

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