Antonio Conte was ambushed by an Italian prankster at his press convention at Cobham this afternoon.
The Chelsea supervisor, who was previewing tomorrow evening’s FA Cup fifth spherical conflict with Hull City, was offered with a Manchester United shirt, signed by Jose Mourinho and with ‘ANTONIO CONTE 1’ on the again by an Italian journalist.
He was additionally proven a video message in Italian on an iPad about Mourinho being pals once more, and Conte was requested to increase his hand in friendship.
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Conte and Mourinho have been in a bitter feud this yr, with Mourinho referring to allegations of match-fixing towards Conte courting again from his time in Italy, and Conte referring to Mourinho as a “little man in many circumstances”.
But Conte refused to have interaction with the prank, didn’t take the shirt and advised the journalist to take the shirt with him. The journalist was requested to go away on the finish of the press convention. He is unlikely to be allowed again into Chelsea’s Cobham coaching base.
The Italian journalist, considered Stefano Corti from Italia 1 present Le Iene, had beforehand tricked Mourinho into signing the United shirt earlier than exhibiting him that it had Conte’s title on the again. They had already written a message on the shirt in order that they might take it to Conte, as if it had been written by Mourinho.
Conte and Mourinho will meet once more subsequent Sunday when Chelsea journey to Manchester United for a Premier League match.