Chelsea's Jose Mourinho admits admiration for 'fast and direct' Wayne Rooney but refuses to discuss transfer while he's contracted to Manchester United

Mourinho says Rooney is a player he 'likes very much' and believes that his own time away from the Premier League has made him a better manager

Jose Mourinho has spoken once more of his admiration for Wayne Rooney but insisted he will not discuss any potential deal for the striker as long as he remains a Manchester United player.

Mourinho was speaking during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, admitting that Rooney is a player he “likes very much” after the striker was forced home from United’s similar tour of Asia with a hamstring injury.

Rooney has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Arsenal as well as Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, but David Moyes has insisted that the England striker will be staying at Old Trafford.

“It’s a funny trick question,” Mourinho said.

“From an ethical point of view I can not speak about other team’s players. But I won’t speak with hypocrisy. It’s not in my nature.  I always speak what I think.

“He is a player I like very much but I can’t say much more. He is fast and direct and I like him. But he is a Manchester United player.”

Mourinho speaks from experience following the furore that surrounded his pursuit of Ashley Cole from Arsenal during his first spell at the club.

The Blues boss was fined £200,000 after he was accused of tapping-up the left-back as he attempted to sign the defender in 2005, although he eventually got his man in a fair deal in 2006.

The Portuguese admits that he is more experienced now than he was then, and that his time abroad has made him a better manager today.

“I am better now,” he admitted. “Experience matters a lot and age and my years around Europe – two years in Italy and three in Spain – makes me better coach. I am in better condition than I was last time.

“I have some white hairs but in my case that’s a good sign. It means I am better now than before. I am still very sad and unhappy when my team doesn’t win, it's up to the players to help me get the results that I want and I need. This means much more than a football club. It’s more than being a professional. It means a lot.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003