Jose Mourinho wanted to “break Arsene Wenger’s face” after a spat over Juan Mata, according to a new book about the Portuguese boss.

Arsenal manager Wenger and then-Chelsea boss Mourinho’s mutual loathing came to the surface over Mata’s move from the Blues to Manchester United in January 2014.

Wenger expressed “surprise” that Chelsea would sell a “great player” to a direct rival.

He also said that Mourinho was “afraid to fail” – prompting Mourinho to call Wenger a “specialist in failure”.

It was after this exchange that Mourinho allegedly told Rob Beasley, author of Jose Mourinho, Up Close and Personal: “I will find him [Wenger] one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face”.

Beasley also claims that Mourinho referred to Wayne Rooney as “the fat boy” – even though he was desperate to sign him.


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