"Arsene Wenger is a nice guy," said the Special One. "I had a chance to meet him much, much better when I left England. I started meeting him in UEFA, at the Euros and the World Cup. We had dinner and so on.
"We went out with other coaches, in UEFA, in Europe, so it was in a good, nice atmosphere and I enjoyed speaking with him about football. He is a person with a big culture, very open to give his opinion on things.
"When you are not in the same league, when you are not playing against each other, it is easier to go deeper. It is easy to speak about football, he's a very nice guy.
"Now we are in the same league again, but he's still a nice guy. I respect him a lot and I'll show my respect always. I wouldn't bet for one single problem between us.
"Even if you are friends and respect each other, sometimes you say something the other doesn't like and you react. But I respect him a lot and I have the feeling that he is the same in relation to me."