Wenger rises above latest Mourinho revelations

Date published: Friday 23rd September 2016 9:28

Jose Mourinho Arsene Wenger handshake

Arsene Wenger insists he will not read a new book on Jose Mourinho, despite explosive claims over his relationship with the Manchester United boss.

Wenger and Mourinho have a storied past dating back to the Portuguese’s arrival in the Premier League when he was appointed Chelsea boss in 2004.

The two have often shared insults, and journalist Rob Beasley, in his new book, Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal, details how the current United manager once threatened to ‘break Wenger’s face’.

When asked on the controversial comments at his press conference on Friday, Wenger was unmoved.

“I haven’t read the book and I certainly will not read it,” he said. “I cannot comment on that. I talk about football.

“What is amazing is that this has nothing to do with our game tomorrow. I will maybe make a book one day but I am not ready yet.

“I am not in destructive mode, never. I’m more constructive.

“For me it was always just a big game and the personal rivalry was never a big concern.

“Chelsea in the last ten years have had very strong teams and before that period we were always beating them and then they were stronger for a few years and now is a new era when it’s more balanced again.”

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