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Jose Mourinho has played down his feud with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying that both of them are civilised people.

Mourinho has had a long-standing rivalry with Wenger since his first stint as Chelsea boss from 2004. The Portuguese tactician had labelled the Arsenal boss "a voyeur" in 2005 when he was angered over the Frenchman's comments on The Blues' performances.

The two managers were also involved in the infamous touchline clash during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal in October 2014.

Also, the recently-published extracts of journalist Rob Beasley's book on Mourinho in The Daily Mail revealed the Manchester United manager wanted to break Wenger's face. Notably, the then Chelsea boss was irked when the 66-year-old questioned the logic behind Juan Mata's sale to the Red Devils in January 2014.

However, Mourinho maintained he did not want to make any comments about the book and that he had no issues with Wenger now.

"I met Arsene Wenger a couple of weeks ago and, like civilised people, we shook hands. We sat on the same table, we had a dinner together with other people," Mourinho was quoted as saying by Sky Sports ahead of United's home game against Leicester City on Saturday.

"We exchanged ideas, we were speaking because we are civilised people. Again, I don't think the book will be in the gallery of the Shakespeares and so on.

"I prefer just to not comment. That's my last word about it and again, I repeat, he [Beasley] is making his money. That's fine for me."

Reacting to the comments revealed in the extract, Wenger said he would not read the book but rather focus on football ahead of his side's Premier League clash at home against fifth-placed Chelsea.

"I haven't read the book and I certainly will not read it. I cannot comment on that. I talk about football," Wenger said, as quoted by The Telegraph.

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