Portuguese drops strong hint that the Blues are interested in want-away Red Devil.
New Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out making a move for unsettled Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The self-styled ‘Special One’ was speaking on the west London club’s pre-season tour of the Far East, with the Blues currently in Bangkok on the first leg of their overseas trip, and the Portuguese was honest enough to admit that he was interested in bringing the England international to Stamford Bridge next season.
However, ‘Mou’ was also keen to point out that the 27-year-old was still, as of now, a United player, commenting that: “It’s a tricky question because I cannot speak about players from other teams.
“But you know me and it’s not my kind of character to speak with a bit of hypocrisy and I always say what I think.
“He is a player I like very much but I can say no more than that. Being fast and direct, I like that, but he’s a Manchester United player.”
Rooney has been at Old Trafford now for just under a decade, having originally been brought to the north west from Everton in the summer of 2004 by previous Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson in a deal worth £25.6 million.
In the intervening nine seasons at the club, the striker has gone on to fully establish himself as being not only one of the Premier League’s most accomplished finishers, but also one of European footballs’ too.
And with an impressive overall record in front of goal for United of 197 strikes in just his 400 appearances for the top-flight giants in all competitions in that time, including 141 goals in only 277 Premier League contests, it is understandable that Mourinho would want to sign the £25m-rated forward for Chelsea this summer.