"If people like you, they like you," he explained. "If they don't, they don't, but you have to adapt to reality and English football has had an impact on me and my way of life. That is why this season I will be more mellow. More m-e-l-l-o-w."
"People use my personality to create something that is not true," he claimed. "If I am emotional or if I react to something that is not fair or normal, that is not correct. So I won't feed off it any more.
"I have many years in front of me. I don't have to be in a hurry. I can be calm, cool and relaxed. I don't hug Arsene Wenger because he is not a close friend, but he can say what he wants about us.
"He can complain about a lot of things, as he did in the past, but I'm not ready to react. I just want to do my work and concentrate on that.
"I look at our opponents because I need to know the way they play, but I'm not interested in what they say.
"My relationships with other people will not change. My bottle of wine with Ferguson will still be a bottle of wine, my handshake with Wenger will still be a handshake. It's no problem."