Tottenham Hotspur Manager Jose Mourinho has reignited his old feud with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, over the potential transfer of Christian Eriksen to the Italian capital.
Eriksen has been strongly linked with the Nerazzurri, who have made no secret of their open pursuit of the Dane. When asked which club official he believes spoke with Eriksen, Mourinho said he thought it was his old nemesis:
“I think Antonio, I think Antonio. I think it was publicly. He is very positive that Eriksen is coming to Inter,” Mourinho said.
“We shouldn’t speak about players from other clubs until they become our players. You ask me about Gedson [Fernandes] 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,” Mourinho added.
He also took a shot at his former club, saying the current Inter is not his, and he has no connections to the current board.
Mourinho and Conte have a long history of back and forths, dating back to the Italian’s time in the Premier League. Conte called Mourinho “fake” and a “little man” after the Special One brought up match-fixing charges that led to a suspension.
Eriksen, 27, will be a free agent in the summer, and a transfer has seemed inevitable for some time.
With just half a season left on his deal, Spurs have to decide whether to cash in now or let him walk for free in the summer. Eriksen is free to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January.
Inter would much rather conclude the deal in January, ensuring the player can help them in the Serie A title race. Inter currently sit just two points behind defending champions Juventus.