Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants resolution to Wayne Rooney transfer saga after the England international played for Manchester United against the Blues in their Premier League clash.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called upon Manchester United star Wayne Rooney to make a decision on his future.
The England international forward has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for much of the summer, and former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed shortly before his retirement that the 27 year-old had handed in a transfer request.
Chelsea have made two bids for Rooney, with Mourinho most generously telling the media that the Blues would not make a third offer until the teams had met on Monday evening in the Barclays Premier League.
However, after the 0-0 stalemate between the two sides, Mourinho sounded rather less sure of himself that a deal would indeed go through – particularly with Rooney having given a committed performance for the home side at Old Trafford.
In his post match press conference, Mourinho seemed to make a direct appeal to Rooney for the assembled journalists.
“The person that starts the story has to finish the story,” said Mourinho.
“A club like us, a manager like me and the people that work in the club with me, we are not silly to try to get a player from a big club, a club that doesn’t sell what they don’t want to sell.
“We are not silly to try something if somebody didn’t start it. So I think it’s time for the good of everyone, to finish the story, to one side or the other side.”
“The most important thing is that he played very well. He was a real professional, played for his club, for the club that pays him, tried to win, tried to score. He was fantastic.
“After that if he wants to leave, he has to say. Or he decided now that he doesn’t want to leave anymore. But I praise him because he played a fantastic match, in these difficult circumstances.
Should Rooney elect to stay at Old Trafford, the Portuguese boss hinted that Chelsea already have another striker lined up.
“We are going to close another player if he’s not coming,” said Mourinho.