Jose Mourinho reveals Arnautovic told him he was better than Ibrahimovic, Adriano AND Crespo on first day at Inter Milan

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.


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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.

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