"What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing".
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made the latest in a series of thinly-veiled barbs towards Conte this week, when he referred to coaches who act like "a clown on the touchline", while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doubled down on his accusation that Eden Hazard dived to win a penalty in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. "Honestly I don't blame him, I think the press should apologise to me and to him because the question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he had that out of control reaction". Probably the journalist wanted to say that but didn't have the courage, so he said 'Mourinho said you behaved like a clown'.
"I think that he has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, yeah?"
The Blues' boss further added: "When you forgot what you say in the past, your behaviours, and when you totally forgot, you must be anxious as it means you are becoming old and you need a check".
He said: "Look, I don't blame him".
This appeared to be a reference to when Conte was implicated in a 2011 match fixing scandal involving his former club Siena - he was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.
"I was asked about my passion and, you know, I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said he behaved like a clown", said Mourinho.
Conte has been vocal in recent weeks about improving the depth of his squad in January, and Chelsea made their first signing on Friday, moving swiftly to acquire Ross Barkley for £15 million from Everton. Conte used the Italian words "demenza senile" in relation to the Portuguese, which is easy translated in English as senile dementia.
Mourinho was asked by reporters earlier this week if he has lost his enthusiasm for management to which he replied: "Because I don't behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I've lost my passion?"