Jose Mourinho delivered a brutal response to Mesut Ozil this Tuesday, after the Arsenal midfielder said he'd rather retire than play for Tottenham.
"Who told him that Tottenham would be interested in signing him?" asked the Spurs boss, reducing the press conference to silence.
Mourinho isn't afraid to have a pop at anyone in the footballing world, but this isn't the first time the Portuguese has had a run-in with Ozil.
Mourinho managed the German at Real Madrid, and the pair had a huge falling out, which ultimately resulted in the duo both leaving the club.
Ozil recalled the argument in his book, revealing the clash stemmed from Mourinho suggesting the midfielder wasn't working hard enough at Real Madrid.
Ozil's autobiography reads: "[Mourinho said to me] you think two beautiful passes are enough… you think you're so good that 50 per cent is enough?
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"He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round.
"He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually."
Ozil then reacted by taking his shirt off and throwing at Mourinho, to which he responded: "'Oh, are you giving up now? You're such a coward. What do you want?
"To creep under the beautiful, warm shower. Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do?'"
Ozil continued: "I'm so p****d off. I'd like to throw my shoes at his head.
"I want him to stop and finally leave me alone. 'You know what, Mesut? Go ahead and cry. You're such a baby going to take a shower. We do not need you.' Slowly I get up, grab my towel and walk past him without a word, without taking a look at Mourinho."
Throughout this entire saga at Arsenal, in which Ozil has been frozen out, boss Mikel Arteta has been portrayed as the baddie.
The Gunners' results have been poor and the club has been crying out for a creative player in the centre of the park – someone like Ozil.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was one of the first to hit out at Arteta's decision to freeze out Ozil in north London.
"I feel it is a waste for him [Ozil]," Wenger told the BBC. "Firstly because he's in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most. And it's a waste for the club as well because he's a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass.
"The way football is going at the moment it's quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same. It's kicked out players like Ozil.
"Although let's not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid. He's been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again."
Ozil's former team-mate Jack Wilshere followed suit, telling Sky Sports: "I loved playing with him. He was a top player. It's a shame, but what is happening is happening, and no one knows but I'm sure everyone will find out one day."
Paul Merson added: "For me, Mesut Ozil comes back in the team if Thomas Partey is fit. Partey gets around the pitch, dominates the midfield and dictates the game. Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.
"At the moment, Arsenal have nobody in there to provide the forwards. You can make runs all day long, but if you're a centre-forward, your runs are only as good as the players playing behind you.
"When these Arsenal players are getting the ball in midfield, with time, is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making the run? Is he confident they are going to see his run and are capable of getting that ball through the eye of a needle?
"I'd say no, so they need creativity. Fernando Torres made runs when Steven Gerrard got the ball. They didn't even have to look."
And even David Seaman chimed in on The Target Men podcast, saying: "I am surprised Arteta is choosing to leave out Mezut Ozil because he's a player of quality.
"I feel something has gone on personally between the two of them, because to leave him out, and on the money he's on, is a big statement and for me it's a bit of a waste, because he's still a quality player.
"When you look at the Arsenal team, we're crying out for a player like that, so why don't you build your team around Ozil rather than just leaving him out in the field and letting him go."
Pressure had been growing on Arteta to reintegrate Ozil at Arsenal this January, but the German is now strongly linked with a move away, suggesting the Spaniard doubled down on his stance.
It seems Arteta is not convinced that Ozil will change his spots, which is why he's not prepared to change his mind.
Ozil's recollection of his clash with Mourinho suggests the now Spurs manager felt the very same way about the midfielder, which is why he ended up selling him to Arsenal in 2013.
Arteta has never explicitly explained why he froze out Ozil in the Premier League and Europa League this season.
But his comments about what he expected to see from his Arsenal players, when he took the reins from Unai Emery in 2019, speak volumes and echo Mourinho's sentiment entirely.
"I want to do things my way but by convincing them that's it's the right way for everybody to live better. Everybody has to respect each other first of all, and I want people who are accountable for what I'm asking for them to do," said Arteta when he became Arsenal boss.
"I don't want them hiding, I want people to take responsibility for their jobs and I want people who deliver passion and energy in the football club.
"Anyone who doesn't buy into this, or that has a negative effect or whatever, is not good enough for this environment or this culture. There are things to change, absolutely, because they're not performing at the level that we expect them to."
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