Conte hits back at Mourinho’s criticism of Eriksen pursuit

Inter Milan Manager Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has criticized Jose Mourinho for “twisting his words” after the Tottenham Hotspur manager criticized Inter Milan’s pursuit of Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen has been linked with a move to Inter Milan since the summer with it being reported in Italy that the Dane has already agreed personal terms with the club.

Last week, Mourinho criticized Inter for talking publicly about Eriksen’s future, but Conte has hit back for the way in which his words have been “amplified” and “twisted”.

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Jose Mourinho (L) with Tottenham Hotspur Midfielder Christian Eriksen (R)

“I no longer talk about the transfer market,” Conte said. “The last time I did it, someone we all know twisted my words so I won’t say anything anymore.”

“I never said anything unusual about the January transfer market making it difficult for all coaches. Every time I say something, it always gets amplified or twisted.”

Inter Milan’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta meanwhile confirmed that his side want to sign Eriksen, but this weekend said he is unsure exactly if or when the playmaker will move to the San Siro.

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta

“Eriksen is a Tottenham player, but his contract expires in June, so it’s entirely legitimate and authorized to see his agent in this period,” Marotta said.

“That’s a long way off saying he’ll come here in January or June, because there is a great deal of competition and we don’t know what will happen yet.”


Chidi Nwoke.