Jose Mourinho has told Wayne Rooney to decide in the next 48 hours whether he still wants to quit Manchester United for Chelsea.
Blues manager Mourinho set the deadline after United striker Rooney was hailed by the champions’ fans during Monday night’s draw with the Londoners, despite having become disillusioned with life at Old Trafford and wanting out. Mourinho admitted the supporters’ response to Rooney may have caused the player to have a rethink about leaving the champions.
“I think the person that started the story has to finish the story. A club like us, a manager like me, we are not silly to try to get a player from a big club that doesn’t sell who they don’t want to sell. We are not silly to try something if somebody didn’t start it. So I think it is time, for the good of everyone, to finish the story. For one side, for the other side.”
Asked if he wanted Rooney to say whether he wants to stay or go, Mourinho said,
“Yes, I would like. In 24, 48 hours. He was a real professional, played for his club, played for the club that pays him. Tried to win, Tried to score. He was fantastic. After that [does] he want to leave? He has to say. Or he has decided now he doesn’t want to leave any more? His problem. But I praise him because he was fantastic, he played a fantastic match in difficult circumstances. He played fantastic. We have to speak, but I think this club [United] must be a very special club. In every club in the world, when a player wants to leave, they don’t support him. When a player wants to leave, they give him a hard time. But they have supported him all the way, so I think this must be a very special club, with special fans.”
“I think probably now, he decides that he wants to stay. If he makes that decision, we will be the first to respect that.”
Asked whether Chelsea will bid again for Rooney, Mourinho added: “It depends on his reaction and his feelings. If, now, he doesn’t want to leave, we are out of the thing.
“But we need to know, we need to know what is happening.”
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