CLAUDIO RANIERI has revealed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was the first manager to welcome him back to the Premier League with Fulham.
The pair have not always enjoyed the best relationship, with Mourinho previously attacking Ranieri for his efforts at Chelsea over a decade ago.
Getty Images4 Jose Mourinho was the first to welcome back Claudio Ranieri to the Premier League
The Special One also had a pop at his Italian counterpart during their time together in Serie A.
But Mourinho famously wore a jacket bearing Ranieri’s name when he was controversially sacked by Leicester nine months after winning the title.
And it appears they are now becoming a lot closer in their later years, with Ranieri revealing Mourinho’s kind words ahead of Fulham’s Premier League clash with United.
Ranieri said: “He was the first who sent me a message to say welcome back. He is a very friendly friend.
Reuters4 The pair have become good friends after initially having a frosty relationship
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“He told me, ‘Welcome back, all the best’. We speak about everything. It was a text message. Sometimes we speak. He’s a fantastic man.
“I know him for a long time, when he came to Chelsea and in Italy, and he was very polite with me.
“He’s a great man, coach, manager, and also the football is important. I enjoy very much (being back in England), I’ve come back home.
“Manchester are one of the best teams in the Premier League and also in the Champions League.
Getty Images4 Ranieris new Fulham side take on Man Utd this weekend