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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 November 2005, 17:17 GMT
Mourinho keen to end Wenger feud
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims he is ready to end his war-of-words with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

Mourinho sparked a row between the pair on Monday when he said Wenger was obsessed with Chelsea and labelled him "a voyeur".

But he said on Thursday: "If he's ready to apologise for every quote about Chelsea, I'm ready to do the same.

"Of course it is not a personal thing. I think it's enough. So it is better for us to work and forget this."

The feud has bubbled all week with Wenger threatening legal action after Mourinho's initial comments.

But asked whether he was prepared to apologise for the jibe, Mourinho sought to diffuse the row on Thursday, saying he never intended to hurt his Arsenal counterpart.

I have problems to solve in my club because I lost a game
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

"The intention is not to hurt the man, the human being, of course not," the Chelsea boss added.

"Respect I have for the human being because he's a successful man and nobody helped him arrive where he arrived, so I have to respect that.

"As a manager, he is the same - he did very good things, but I think there are too many quotes about Chelsea."

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is believed to have contacted Arsenal in a peace move, telephoning managing director Keith Edelman on Thursday to assure him there was no sinister or personal intent in Mourinho's criticism.

Mourinho has said Chelsea have compiled a file of 120 pages full of Wenger quotes about their club over the last year but he now believes both managers have more important things to worry about.

"I have problems to solve in my club because I lost a game and I want to do better. He has problems in his club because they are not doing as well as they need to in the Premiership."

Wenger has accused the media of fuelling his feud with Mourinho.

I know exactly what I say - not what you think I have said. I have seen some quotes and they are not right
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

He is unhappy at stories claiming he called Mourinho stupid, and earlier told reporters: "You must listen to what I say and not write what I do not say.

"Have I said he is stupid? By implication? You have to respect what I say and not what you think I have said.

"I know exactly what I say - not what you think I have said. I have seen some quotes and they are not right."

Wenger had earlier responded to criticism by Mourinho by saying: "When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."

But he feels his comments were interpreted wrongly, and added: "What does that mean, that I have said he is stupid?

"I never said he is stupid. You can think what you want but do not make me say what I did not say.

"I said the sentence. You do what you want with the sentence but you cannot put that I indicated somebody is stupid."

News conference: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

News conference: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger


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