Jose Mourinho has stopped short of agreeing with Tottenham defender Eric Dier's assessment that Arsenal's Mikel Arteta is the most exciting young manager in Europe.

Despite the Gunners' struggles, the Spurs defender remains a big fan of Arteta's, and says he's a fan of the way the Spaniard works.

"They’ve got a lot of quality in their team and I think they’ve got a very exciting young manager," Dier told Sky Sports earlier this week.

"I think he’s maybe the most – personally, obviously I’m not on the inside – but from what I see, the most exciting young manager in Europe, for sure.

Arteta's side are currently down in 14th place

"I like his way and the way in which he seems to be as a manager so I think they’re in good hands in that sense."

Dier's comments were put to Mourinho by Sky Sports before the the meeting on Sunday, and while he did acknowledge Arteta's qualities, he stopped short of following Dier in claiming him to be the best of the new generation of coaches.

"I don't want to go in that direction because I don't know them all, and it's very hard to say that," said Mourinho, who won his only north London derby on charge to date back in July.

Sky Sports
Mourinho was speaking to Sky Sports

"He won an important competition in the first few months of his career [the FA Cup last season], that you cannot deny.

"To be the Arsenal coach you have to be good, if you are not good you are not there.

"So yes I think Mikel is a good coach, but I want to respect the others, especially the others that I don't know well, and probably are also very talented."

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