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Jose Mourinho Concedes Chelsea Pursuit Of Man United Striker Wayne Rooney Could Be Over

Rooney started Manchester United’s game with Chelsea on Monday night and received a rapturous reception from the fans inside Old Trafford.

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Jose Mourinho has hinted that Chelsea’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could be over after the two title rivals played out a dull 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, Sky Sports reports.

Rooney has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer but despite that, the striker started United’s Premier League clash with the Blues on Monday night and received plenty of support from the Manchester United fans inside Old Trafford.

Chelsea have been desperately trying to sign Rooney this summer and have had two bids for the striker rejected by Manchester United.

Mourinho admits that Rooney should be allowed to decide his own future but also hinted that the striker could remain at Old Trafford because of the support that he has received from the clubs fans.

When asked whether he planned to make a third offer to Rooney, 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.

“That proves this is a really special club with special fans and I think now he’ll decide he wants to stay. If he makes that decision, we will be the first to respect that and say ‘it’s over.’

Losing out on Rooney will be a bitter disappointment to Mourinho, who knows that he needs to sign a quality striker if Chelsea are to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

The Portuguese coach may now turn his attention to Samuel Eto’o if Rooney does decide to remain with Manchester United.

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