x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Mourinho upbeat despite Chelsea bid for Rooney being rejected

London side upset at reports they offered a player-plus-money deal to Manchester United for the England forward.

Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to leave Manchester United all summer. Cesar Manso / AFP
Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to leave Manchester United all summer. Cesar Manso / AFP

Jose Mourinho insisted the future of Wayne Rooney is a decision for Manchester United to settle as the tussle for the striker’s services began in earnest.

Rooney is at the centre of a row between Chelsea and United over a bid made on Tuesday for the player, which was rejected by the defending Premier League champions.

Mourinho, the new Chelsea manager, was low key when commenting on the offer in Bangkok on Wednesday, despite United provoking the Blues’ ire. Chelsea had confirmed they want to buy Rooney, who reportedly is unhappy with United over comments made by manager David Moyes last week.

However, Chelsea are furious at suggestions top players David Luiz or Juan Mata had been offered as part of the deal.

Speaking in Bangkok following the first match of his second spell in charge – a 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars – Mourinho declined the opportunity to fuel the argument.

“I think that this situation is clear – nothing is a secret anymore,” he said. “The official bid is just about a certain amount of money and doesn’t involve players. We want the player. We made the bid and now we have nothing more to say. Now it’s up to Manchester United.”

Asked if Chelsea had made any other bids, Mourinho said: “No, and we won’t.”

However, when whether asked it is now “Rooney or bust”, Mourinho said: “Yes.”

The Londoners are certain United were responsible for the suggestion of a part-exchange, which they insist was not true.

“Chelsea Football Club can today confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney,” said Chelsea in a statement. “Although the terms of that offer are confidential, for the avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is apparently being briefed to the press in Sydney, the proposed purchase does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United.”

As to any proposal to swap players for Rooney, Mourinho said: “For me, no more comments. I have to respect Man United and my colleague David [Moyes, the United manager], to respect even my players from Chelsea.

“The bid is there. The club knows we want the player. The player has to know we made a bid for him.”

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