JOSE MOURINHO has revealed that a teenage Marko Arnautovic told him he was better than the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adriano.
Manager of Inter Milan, Mourinho was greeted by his technical director, alongside an 18-year-old Arnautovic.
And while the 58-year-old made his introductions, the Austrian forward wasn't shy.
SunSport columnist Mourinho recounted: "My technical director at Inter, Marco Branca, he arrived with that player that he followed and he wanted to bring over from Holland. He [Arnautovic] was 18.
“When Branca arrives with him we were training.
"They stay there on the touchline and in the middle of the training session I decided to go over and say hello to them.
“At the time, in my first season at Inter, my strikers were [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Adriano, Hernan Crespo and Julio Cruz.
“I go to Branca and Arnautovic, we shake hands and share a few words and Marko tells me: ‘Mister, I’m better than all of them.’"
Cracking up with laughter, the Portuguese then added: "Ibrahimovic, Adriano, Hernan Crespo and Julio Cruz – Marko is 18 and he’s better than all of them!"
Arnautovic went on to make just three appearances for Inter, before being flogged to FC Twente.
⚽ BETTING SPECIAL ⚽
- BEST ODDS: England to beat Czech Republic boosted to 30/1
- PRICE BOOST: Czech to beat England at huge 50/1
- KANE IS ABLE: Harry Kane 35/1 to have a shot on target
- GROUP KINGS: England to win group D at 20/1
- BET BUILDER: Risk free bet on England vs Czech Republic + 61/1 tip
But there were no hard feelings, with Mourinho saying at the time: "Marko is a fantastic guy, but he has the attitude of a child.
"Mario Balotelli is his best friend and they just happen to have the same traits. It's not easy."
Arnautovic went on to make his mark in the Premier League, becoming a cult hero with Stoke City and West Ham.
Now 32, he turns out for Shanghai Port, for whom he has scored 20 goals in 39 appearances.
⚽ Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds
Source: Read Full Article