GARY LINEKER has revealed a mysterious secret feud with Jose Mourinho.
He said: “I remember when he first came, he was this incredible personality, really engaging and I thought he was witty and he was funny. I think the game has beaten him up a little over the years.
“I did a little documentary with him, he used to text me all the time, he used to text me after Match of the Day, saying ‘you guys understand it, this is great.’
“We had been going along like that for two years and then something changed.”
What that “something” is remains a mystery to the ex-Barcelona, Tottenham and Leicester ace even to this day.
What is certain is the seemingly one-way feud started when Mourinho told organisers at an award ceremony he did not want to be presented with an award by Lineker.
The 63-year-old explained: “I was asked to present him with the Man of the Year award at the GQ Awards that they do every year.
“They asked me to present the trophy and I said ‘yes, I’ll do that for Jose, of course.’
“Then about four days before the event, they got in touch and said ‘Jose has got in touch and he doesn’t want you to present the trophy to him, he wants someone that’s not in football.’
“I thought ‘hmmm, that’s a bit odd’ but I thought I’ll go along to the event anyway and I went up to Jose and he kind of blanked me.
“I went ‘are we okay, are we okay Jose?’ He went ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ But he wasn’t okay and he’s never been okay since.
“I do not know to this day whether it was something I said on Match of the Day, I genuinely have no idea. I interviewed him subsequently and he was very cold.”
Lineker added: “I remember doing a Champions League game which they didn’t do very well in.
“I went up to the director’s bit at Manchester United and I was having a drink with Ed Woodward, he’s a neighbour of mine so I know him really well.
“I’m stood there having a drink and Jose comes up but then he just wandered off. He sent a text to Ed Woodward, ‘why are you talking to him?’
“To this day, I don’t know what I did! It is a long time ago this happened but I don’t know what happened.”
The Portuguese was sent off along with three players during Wednesday’s heated Rome derby Coppa Italia quarter final against Lazio, which Mourinho’s side lost 1-0.
It was the second time he has been sent off in four days.
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