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Jose Mourinho’s war of words with ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte amid Serie A reunion next season

Fifteen days. That is how long former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho was out-of-work.

After being axed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy following a run of indifferent results, Mourinho has sealed a swift return to management, today being announced as the new head coach of Italian giants AS Roma.

The surprise decision will see the Portuguese chief take over the reins in the Italian capital, replacing Paulo Fonseca, ahead of the start of next season, meaning he has a few more months ahead of him before he sets to work in what will be his tenth managerial post.

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Having been in charge of newly-crowned Serie A champions Inter Milan for two years between 2008 and 2010, a return to Italy will not be too unfamiliar for the 58-year-old, who only admitted over the weekend that he was in no rush to seal a return to the dugout.

A return to Italy will see him join a whole host of-big names who are currently managers, featuring Benevento’s Filippo Inzaghi, Andrea Pirlo of Juventus and Sampdoria chief Claudio Ranieri.

As well as joining those three in Serie A, he will also be reunited with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who is in charge of Inter.

In the past, Mourinho and Conte have not shied away from being involved in heated battles on the pitch and wars of words off it.

Back in October 2016, Chelsea hammered Manchester United, who were managed by Mourinho at the time, by four goals to nil at Stamford Bridge, as they stormed their way towards the Premier League title.

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That day, Conte, according to Mourinho, had “humiliated” him and his players with his celebrations on the touchline.

Mourinho, as quoted by Sky Sports, said: “You don’t celebrate like that at 4-0, you can do it at 1-0, otherwise it’s humiliating for us.”

A month later, Conte, although he did not reference him, appeared to aim a sly dig back at Mourinho with a…

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