Chelsea boss: Rooney is our only target

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken after Chelsea launched an audacious bid for Wayne Rooney, claiming the Manchester United striker is his only summer target, reports the BBC. 

Mourinho also denied the rumours that David Luiz or Juan Mata were offered to United in part exchange, and said he didn’t expect the club to make a second bid.

When asked whether the club had held any further talks with United since the bid, Mourinho replied: “No – and we won’t.”

Mourinho’s comments came on the day United vice-chairman Ed Woodward returned early from the club’s pre season tour, although the club insisted that had nothing to do with the Rooney situation.

The onus is now on Manchester United to see how this situation develops further, with the Old Trafford club adamant they won’t be bullied into selling the England forward.

Mourinho spoke further on the situation following his side’s 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars during the Blues’ pre season tour of Thailand.

“We want the player. Now it’s up to Manchester United,” Mourinho said.

Asked if it is Rooney or bust, the Chelsea manager replied: “Yes.”

“I think that this situation is clear – nothing is a secret any more.

“The official bid is just about a certain amount of money and doesn’t involve players. We made the bid and now we have nothing more to say.”

Despite United rejecting the offer, the feeling is that Rooney still wants to leave Old Trafford, with the player said to be ‘angry and confused’ over comments by new boss David Moyes that inferred the forward would not be an automatic first choice at Old Trafford next season.

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