Transfer news: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is a 'great player' says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

The Blues have made an offer in the region of £20m for Rooney

Kuala Lumpur

Petr Cech was there the first time that Jose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea, has witnessed every big transfer saga in the interim and seen some of the biggest names come and go. Yesterday he became the latest player to endorse the club’s move for Wayne Rooney

Cech was in goal for the first half of Chelsea's 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars in Bangkok, the first game of Mourinho's new era at the club. Before the game, the club issued a statement to confirm that they had bid for Rooney on Tuesday, understood to be around £20m, but they have not offered United Juan Mata or David Luiz as part of the deal.

Chelsea travel to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon ahead of Sunday's match against a Malaysia XI in the Shah Alam stadium. Cech acknowledged that Rooney would be a good acquisition for the club. He said: "Wayne Rooney is a great player but at the moment he's a Man United player. We'll see what's going to happen. He's a great player. Let's see.

"In terms of players, at this time of year, we want to do well and to earn your place in the team. If you end up with three more players because the clubs wants three more players then your attitude is the same. You do your best to help the team to win things. If you buy players or don't buy players, personally, I feel the same.

"I do my best to earn my place in the team. It's the same for every team. You always want to have the biggest and strongest squad so you can challenge for titles. That's why you have a manager and sporting director to take care of that and you have to do the most important part and that's the work on the pitch.

"During the pre-season the only conversation between players is: 'Okay, I need to lie down or put my feet up and survive until another session'.

"We already have a few more players and a great squad. If the manager doesn't think we have enough he will try to get players in. It is only his decision. For players, we concentrate on getting fit and doing our best, to play as much as they can. That's all we can do.

"In football things are changing every day with every squad and every time. As time goes on, every team can make some changes. Anything can happen."

Chelsea have announced that they will play Roma in Washington DC on 10 August, their final pre-season friendly. It is anticipated that the left-back Wallace Oliveira Dos Santos, who made his debut in Bangkok, will go on loan to the Serie A club next season. Chelsea retain an interest in Daniele De Rossi, the Roma midfielder.

Manchester United lost their game against the same opposition on Saturday in Thailand and Cech said that in spite of the demanding pre-season fitness regime, Mourinho and his players had been determined to win yesterday. Cech said: "He doesn't do things just for nothing, he always wants to win games, no matter if it is in the Premier League, a pre-season game or a Champions League game. We wanted to do well, we wanted to win the game and we did.

 "He is as hungry as ever, he wants to be successful, when you have someone who works at such a high standard every day it never changes. It's the same."

Cech joked that it was a case of "first game, first trophy" after the Chelsea players were presented with the Singha 80th anniversary cup after the game, beating a Thai select XI of Thai and overseas players. Frank Lampard missed the game with an Achilles injury but Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien all played the first half.

Mourinho said that Lampard's omission from the squad was "a precaution". He added: "I always say the players have to be intelligent in this period. No risks. If they feel a little thing in competition you have to risk something. In pre-season, the worst thing that can happen is an injury while taking a risk.

"He was feeling discomfort on his Achilles, so we decided he wouldn't play. Ramires is a natural runner so it wasn't a drama for him to play 90 minutes [the Brazilian was the only Chelsea player to feature for the full 90 minutes yesterday]. Frank will rest like everyone [today] and in two days' time he will be back in training."

One the longevity of that group of players at Chelsea, Cech said: "I'm young! We said at the start there are no differences between players. If you are good you play, if you are not good you don't play. It's the same whether you are 40, 31, 45, 28 or 15. Everybody will play on merit, we have to earn our places and we are working to do so.

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
scotland decidesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping First Minister up at night?
Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Life and Style
techApple has just launched its latest mobile operating software – so what should you do first?
News
A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
newsThe 'extremely dangerous' attempt to avoid being impounded has been heavily criticised
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
filmSo what makes the little man tick?
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: An undercooked end (spoiler alert)
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding
musicThe singer said 'the last thing I want to do is degrade'
Sport
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
footballChelsea vs Schalke match report
Arts and Entertainment
Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
tvMackenzie Crook's 'Detectorists' makes the hobby look 'dysfunctional', they say
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

News
i100
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

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week