Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has found himself tangled in a feud with Everton boss Roberto Martinez, due to the Blues’ aggressive pursuit of defender John Stones.
Mourinho fired back at Martinez, who hinted that Chelsea’s conduct was illegal’, after captain John Terry was accused of tapping up Stones.
“My feeling is just one and I’m not speaking about Everton or Stones. I’m just speaking in general,” Mourinho said, according to ESPN FC.
“If I could, I would speak with you [the media] once in a month. And there are other people in football who if they could they would have a press conference every day. And I don’t want to say anything else.”
Terry had described the 21-year-old Everton defender as someone who the club are “looking at the likes of,” and he went on to endorse Stones as his potential long-term successor.
Martinez was already angry with Chelsea for supposedly publicizing negotiations between the two teams.
The Toffees have rejected the Blues’ first two offers for Stones, which were respectively worth £20m and £26m.
Despite losing out on Stones, Chelsea have made progress in their effort to sign a left-back.
The Blues are expected to sign Augsburg defender Baba Rahman, who would be able to fill the void left by Filipe Luis.
Mourinho signed a new contract at Chelsea last night.