Slaven Bilic reveals text message conversations with Jose Mourinho as duo prepare to battle
PUBLISHED: 06:50 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:02 23 October 2015
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Slaven Bilic admits he is a big fan of Jose Mourinho’s as the ‘Special One’ was one of the first to congratulate him on getting the West Ham job.
Despite only meeting once, the duo share text message conversations after Demba Ba gave Mourinho Bilic’s number in the summer.
Mourinho is under pressure after a slow start to the season, but Bilic and the Hammers are flying and could rubber stamp their authority in the top four with a win against the champions on Saturday.
“He text me when I signed for West Ham,” Bilic said.
“I was back home in Split on Croatia, it was the day after I signed in the summer.
“I got a text, I thought it was a wind up at first. But then Demba Ba called me from Istanbul and he said the boss asked for my number so I was like ok.
“I was pleased of course, since then we have been exchanging texts.
“It said good luck and that, I like him a lot.
“He sent me a few times his regard through the likes of Luka Modric when I was the international manager at Croatia when we had big game.
“We have only met once in a friendly tournament last year when I was with Besiktas. That was the first time I met him, we won 1-0 in a 45 minute game. He was very friendly.”