Mourinho takes Manchester United to Stamford Bridge today for the first time since last season’s sacking.
Conte said: “Sure, Jose was a very important manager in the history of this club. I hope to work with this club for many years, to build something important. I repeat: for the present and for the future. It’s important to have time to work and build.
“It’s important now to work really hard and build something of importance. When I signed my contract with Chelsea, I signed a three-year contract. In my mind it was to stay here for three years and build, with the club, a success.”