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On Thursday, Mourinho appeared to take a thinly-veiled swipe at his managerial rivals when comparing his own behaviour in the technical area to other managers in the top flight.

"I think that he has to see himself in the past - maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, yeah?" "Sometimes people can forget what they did in the past".

Mourinho was asked by reporters earlier this week if he has lost his enthusiasm for management to which he replied: "Because I don't behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I've lost my passion?"

While the club are not looking to sack Conte, there is an expectation that a mutual agreement will be reached over an exit, with the manager clearly unhappy by Chelsea's transfer activity and structure. The French manager criticized referee Anthony Taylor who awarded the Blues a penalty at the Emirates recently.

"If I saw a well-organised team normally when I spoke about another coach it is only to make compliments, otherwise I stay silent, but in this situation you must have respect and I think I do this". Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what's said in the past, which is his behaviour.

"What never happened to me - and will never happen - is to be suspended for match fixing".

Mourinho was speaking after the 2-0 victory over Derby County in the FA Cup where he was asked about Conte's comments about him forgetting what he used to be like in the past - remarks which themselves came in response to reports that Mourinho had a called Conte "a clown" on the touchline.

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"Probably the journalist wanted to say that but didn't have the courage to say that, so he said that Mourinho said that you behave as a clown".

Conte is in his second season as Chelsea head coach, like Mourinho is at United.

Or a similar incident while Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea, when the London club scored late to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League in 2014.

He was referring to the 10 month ban, reduced to four, Conte served, before being eventually acquitted in 2016, for not reporting a fixing during a Serie B clash between Siena and Albinoleffe in 2010-11.

"I think Wenger has to accept the decisions".

"I have to still see him and then we have the opportunity to work together and understand how much time he needs", he added.