Jose Mourinho has spoken about Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Arsenal, and noted that he thinks the manager should stay in football.
Mourinho and Wenger have clashed memorably over the years and at times, certain lines have been crossed – but it seems that the now Man United boss has nothing but kind words to say about Wenger, and that what the Arsenal boss has managed to achieve during his time at the club will not be repeated – and that he only wants Wenger to be happy.
He said: “If he’s happy I’m happy, if he’s sad, I’m sad, I always wish the best for my opponents, I always wish the best, so for me that’s the point, if he’s happy with the decision he makes and looks forward to the next chapter of his career and his life I’m really happy for him.
“If he’s sad, I’m sad. I’m pretty sure we as a club and especially because Mr Wenger and Arsenal were for many many years the biggest rivals of Sir Alex’s era, I’m pretty sure that we as a club will show Mr Wenger the respect he deserves.
“It’s not about regretting, I think your question is a typical question from somebody that was not in this side, you were not a manager, a player, of course you don’t know the way we respect each other even when sometimes it doesn’t look like we do, players that get yellow cards and red cards by aggressive actions against each other, bad words during the career, the manager is the same thing but the ones that respect each other more are the ones with the problems.
“It’s power and ambition and quality against each other but in the end it’s people from the same business and who respect each others’ careers, so it happened, what matters for me is the way I respect the person, the professional, the career and I always say that for some the memories short, but for us football people, the real football people, who are the ones inside the four lines, playing, or the managers, or the refs, the others live on us, the football people doesn’t have short memory.”