Antonio Conte has risked reigniting his feud with old foe Jose Mourinho over the ongoing Christian Eriksen saga.
Spurs boss Mourinho has already hit out at the former Chelsea boss for speaking publically of his pursuit over the Dane.
Conte wants to land Eriksen on a bargain deal this month with his current deal expiring in the summer.
The Italian was recently asked for an update by reporters last week and said: “Eriksen? We have to go to people who have already had a career, who are at the end of their contracts.”
But Mourinho was clearly not happy and when asked in England about the status of the transfer said: “I think Antonio has said publicly.
“I think we coaches should all behave in the same way in relation to transfers. I think we should always be closed, until something happens.”
And now Conte has further risked Mourinho’s wrath by accusing the ex-Man United boss of “twisting his words.”
Conte fumed: “I no longer talk about the transfer market.
“The last time I did it, someone we all know twisted my words so I won’t say anything anymore.
“I never said anything unusual about the January transfer market making it difficult for all coaches. Every time I say something, it always gets amplified or twisted.”
Their feud began during the 2017-18 season when Mourinho called Conte a “clown” and said he would never be “suspended for match-fixing” in reference to the Italian’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match rigging when manager of Juventus.
Inter want to get a deal over the line, thought to be around £17million, but face competition from other European clubs.
The club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta revealed: “At this point, to say that he will arrive in January or June, is a long way off because the competition is so great.
“We’re in talks with Eriksen’s agent but there are many clubs interested in him.”