Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at his former protege Andre Villas-Boas, following the Tottenham Hotspur boss' revelation that the two coaches were no longer friends.

For seven years, Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho as his opposition scout, before the two parted ways during the elder Portuguese tactician's stint in Italy with Inter Milan.

"I'm not a kid to discuss relationships with the media," Mourinho is quoted by The Guardian.

"It's a personal thing. I don't care what he says. I'm not interested. If I have something to discuss with someone, we go upstairs, have lunch and speak about it. I don't do it in front of you.

"Normally, if someone has a problem with you, you should speak face to face," he said in reference to AVB's public outburst about the frosty relationship between the two.

"My parents taught me that: if you have a problem at school, you should try and resolve it yourself rather than bringing it home."

"Will I go for a glass of wine with him? When people invite me I always go. I never refuse. But I have nothing more to say on this."

The comments between the two managers come ahead of Saturday's Premier League showdown between Tottenham and Chelsea at White Hart Lane, which will see Mourinho and Villas-Boas go head-to-head for the first time as opposing managers in a competitive game.

Victory for Spurs will ensure they retain their place at the top of the table, having already registered 12 points from their opening five games. North London rivals Arsenal have the same return, but currently lie ahead on goal difference.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are back in fifth with 10 points from the same number of fixtures, but an away win this weekend will see them usurp Tottenham in the standings.

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