Jose Mourinho went off on former nemesis Antonio Conte when asked about Internazionale’s pursuit for Christian Eriksen. Even now when they are in different leagues, the Portuguese has reignited his old feud with the Italian boss.
Back in the day, they exchanged a few shots when Mou was managing Manchester United and Conte was in charge at Chelsea. The bad blood between these two is very famous, with Conte describing Tottenham boss Mourinho as “fake” and a “little man” after the Portuguese brought up old match-fixing charges against the Italian.
Now the new topic involves Eriksen, who is set to leave Spurs either in January or in the summer when his contract expires. Conte has spoken out about his club’s pursuit for the Danish player and Mou wasn’t happy about it, starting a new edition of this feud.
“I think Antonio, I think Antonio,” he said. “I think it was publicly. He is very positive that Eriksen is coming to Inter,” Mourinho said, via Goal.
“We shouldn’t speak about players from other clubs until they become our players. You ask me about Gedson [Fernandes, Spurs’ new signing from Benfica] since the moment Gedson’s name was on the screen and I told you nothing [until he signed].
“You protect everybody. Is it a question of respect? I don’t want to give you a headline. That’s up to you.
“If Inter are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet.
“So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities, I am a little bit surprised.”
Eriksen looks ready to part ways with Tottenham, and his recent displays haven’t been the best for the North Londoners. If you add Inter’s public interest in him, it’s normal to see Mou talking about it as a bad practice. Still, there is nothing Tottenham or Mourinho can do to retain the player, so this is only a matter of time.