LONDON (AP) — Jose Mourinho has hit out at Andre Villas-Boas for revealing their once strong personal and professional relationship has broken down.
On the eve of their first clash as coaches, when Mourinho's Chelsea visits Villas-Boas' Tottenham in the English Premier League on Saturday, the latter admitted he no longer had a relationship with his one-time mentor and was not losing sleep over it.
But Mourinho wasn't impressed with Villas-Boas admitting it in public.
"I don't describe (the relationship), because I'm not a kid to discuss relationships with the media," Mourinho said on Friday. "It's a personal thing. I don't care what he says. I'm not here to comment on what he says. I'm not interested."
Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho as a scout at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan before deciding to go his own way after being denied a more senior role.
Their bond soured after Villas-Boas left Mourinho to take over Portugese team Academica.
After winning an impressive treble in charge at Porto, Villas-Boas became coach at Chelsea and moved on to Tottenham.
"We had a great personal and professional relationship before that we don't have now," he said.
"I don't think we need explanations but our relationship broke down. I think we have the mutual respect for each other and we understand what we've been through cannot just disappear, but it's not like it was before."
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