Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger before the season has even started.
The Special One hit out at Pellegrini for talking about him while he should be on holiday, while claiming Arsene Wenger is a miser for the way he conducts his transfer business.
Pellegrini said in an interview last month in his native Chile that Mourinho is always too busy “taking the credit for everything”, to which the Chelsea manager replied: “When a manager is on holidays and still thinks about me, I have nothing to say. I don’t know why he did it.
“In my holidays I did zero interviews. Of course I am still thinking about football, but I don’t do any interviews, at least in that time. You are free of everything – questions, answers, controversy, interpretation and over-reaction.
“My holiday time – zero. If other guys use holiday time also for interviews, it’s their problem. I finished the season, I went on holiday, not a battle with the other managers.”
Chelsea are due back in the United Kingdom on Wednesday to prepare for their meeting with Arsenal on Sunday in the Charity Shield.
And though Mourinho believes Arsenal will prove to be serious title contenders this term, he believes Arsene Wenger has escaped some heavy criticism for hitting out at other Premier League big spenders.
Over the past decade Wenger has spent £405m on new players, with £100m of that coming since 2013 on Mezut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck.
So far, Wenger has only coughed up £11m on Petr Cech, but there is the likelihood that more are on the way.
Mourinho himself has spent £643m during his two spell at the club, but believes Wenger has been exempt from extra scrutiny.
“If you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years maybe you will find a surprise. If you put Ozil plus Sanchez plus Chambers plus Debuchy, you will maybe find a surprise,” Mourinho said.
“Get a calculator. That is the easiest thing, it leaves no space for speculation.”