Antonio Conte insists Jose Mourinho's feelings of 'contempt' are mutual as the Chelsea boss looks to end feud
- Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have been engaged in a brutal war of words
- Manchester United boss Mourinho claimed he regards the rift with 'Contempt'
- After Chelsea's draw with Leicester, Conte insisted the feelings were mutual
- The two bosses are next due to face off on February 25 at Old Trafford
The Manchester United boss made the claim on Friday as both bosses seek to let their feud fizzle out.
Mourinho said: 'The first time he insulted me I had a response; a response that I know touched the point where he really feels hurt.
Antonio Conte is ready to draw a line under his ongoing verbal war with Jose Mourinho
The two bosses have been engaged in the rift since Mourinho's 'clown' comments
'Then he insulted me for a second time, but now I change. Now contempt and, for me, contempt means end of the story.'
Asked about Mourinho's 'contempt' comments following Saturday's goalless draw with Leicester, Conte said: 'I think that I said (I'd) stop the story.
'But it (contempt) is the same for me. I don't know if he said this for me.
'But I'm not worried. I sleep very well.'
The two Premier League bosses have traded barbs since the New Year after Mourinho's comment that he did not feel the need to behave like 'a clown' during games touched a nerve with Conte.
That sparked an extraordinary war of words between the pair, where Conte accused Mourinho of having 'demenza senile', which directly translates as senile dementia.
Conte was responding to Mourinho's claims that the situation is met by feelings of 'contempt'
This prompted the United boss to hit back by appearing to allude to a four-month suspension Conte served in relation to match-fixing. In that case, dating back to the early stages of his coaching career in Italy, Conte was later cleared of wrongdoing.
Conte responded by accusing Mourinho of being 'fake' and 'a little man'.
Almost a week elapsed before Mourinho next spoke in public, with the United boss trying to move on with his 'contempt' remark.
Chelsea are scheduled to play United at Old Trafford on February 25, unless the Blues reach the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, which will be staged on the same day.
Conte insisted the feeling is mutual, and that he doesn't lose sleep over the situation
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