Arsenal boss Wenger: Mourinho exit sad for football

Arsene Wenger has praised the 'quality' of Jose Mourinho and believes his exit from Chelsea is 'sad'.

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The Portuguese left The Blues on Thursday after a break down in his relationship with the club's hierarchy.

"It is basically sad because I feel Mourinho is a manager of quality," Wenger told the club's official website .

"I am a great believer in technical stability and therefore I don't think it is good news for football."

On their fractious relationship Wenger added: "We didn't get on the best, but recently it has become better.

"That does not hide the fact I respected what he did and the quality of his work.

"Of course he is a great manager. He arrived when Chelsea were on the way up; they had a good side already and he did something more and made them winners.

"He deserves a lot of credit for that because it is never easy to win and in England it is maybe more difficult."

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