Blues chief won’t wait forever.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sensationally handed a deadline to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney over whether he wants to join the Stamford Bridge outfit, or stay put where he is, Sky Sports reports.
Rooney featured during the two sides goalless draw at Old Trafford on Monday night and the ultimatum was revealed shortly after the final whistle.
Mourinho has already seen two bids for the England international fall short this summer, and rumours of a third bid have refused to go away. The 27-year-old was routinely cheered during the encounter, but the Chelsea boss called for him to make up his mind over where his future may lie.
When asked if a third bid for Rooney was imminent, Mourinho said: “We have to speak but this club must be a very special club, because in every club in the world when a player wants to leave, they don’t support him. They give him a hard time. But they support him all the way.
“We are not so silly as 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 so silly as to try to do something if somebody didn’t start it.
“The person that started the story has to finish the story. For the good of everyone it is time to finish the story. One way or another he has to say ‘I want to leave’ or ‘I want to stay’.”
Chelsea are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements and have also been linked with a move for Anzhi Makhachkala’s Samuel Eto’o, but when asked how long he would be willing to wait for an answer from the players, Mourinho responded; “Twenty-four hours, 48 hours.”