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Jose Mourinho : I know my words hurt Blues ' Conte - ekeleboy - 01-12-2018

MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho says he
only has "contempt" for his war of words
with Antonio Conte after two weeks of
trading insults with the Chelsea boss.
The Manchester United manager said he
did not need to "act like a clown" on the
touchline, prompting Conte to hit back
by claiming Mourinho could be suffering
from "senile dementia" having
"forgotten his past."
In response, Mourinho referenced
Conte's four-month ban for failing to
report match fixing in 2012 -- a
punishment that was ultimately
rescinded in 2016 -- before the Italian
struck back by branding Mourinho "fake"
and a "small man."
Mourinho told a news conference on
Friday: "I think when a person insults
another, you can expect a response.
"Or you can expect contempt, silence.
"The first time he insulted me I had a
response, a response that I know that
touched the point where he really feels
hurt.
"Then he insulted me for a second time,
but now I change, and now contempt
and for me, contempt means end of the
story."
Mourinho was speaking after returning
from a five-day trip to Dubai with the
squad ahead of Monday night's Premier
League clash with Stoke City at Old
Trafford.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not part of the
group that travelled to the UAE as he
continues his recovery from a knee
injury.
The 36-year-old has missed the last
three games and is not expected back in
training until the end of January at the
earliest.
Mourinho added: "Zlatan is injured or is
not totally happy with his condition.
"He fought like a tiger, like he likes to
say, to be back, which he did. He was
starting having minutes here and there
and had a start and had 60 minutes in
one game, start another one and had 45
and he was not happy with his feelings.
"He consulted other doctors, other
opinions and we all make the decision to
stop, treatment, and when [he's] feeling
really good come back to the work.
"The date for him to be back to training
with the team was around end of
January, beginning of February, so let's
hope his feelings are better and we have
him with us as soon as possible."