Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on Jose Mourinho after claims the former Chelsea boss once said he wanted to “break his face”.
The Arsenal manager said he was not in “a destructive mode”, but totally focused on Saturday’s Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday and would only talk about football matters when the quote was put to him at Friday’s press conference.
Wenger and Mourinho clashed on several occasions when the Portuguese was in charge of Chelsea, leaving the pair with an acrimonious relationship.
Mourinho, now in charge at Manchester United, is the subject of a new biography serialised in the Daily Mail which details alleged conversations with a football journalist – including a mention of an angry exchange surrounding Wenger which reportedly ended with Mourinho saying: “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s game against Chelsea, Wenger refused to respond to the alleged comment.
“Look, I haven’t read the book and I certainly won’t read it,” he said.
“I cannot comment on that. I talk about football and that’s all I do. I’m not in a destructive mode, ever. I’m more constructive and I cannot comment on that because I’m focused on tomorrow’s game and how we want to play football.
“What is amazing is that has nothing to do with our game tomorrow. I personally am just focused on doing my job well and respecting everybody else.
“I do not want to especially comment because we play Chelsea tomorrow. I have no personal problem with anybody, I respect everybody in our game and I don’t feel I comment a lot on other teams. Sometimes I just say what I think, but that is part of the way I am.”