Transfer news: Jose Mourinho gives Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney 48 hours to demand move to Chelsea

The Manchester United striker put in a positive display against his potential new club

Jose Mourinho has called upon Wayne Rooney to end the saga over his future by saying publicly that he either wants to stay at Manchester United or leave for Chelsea.

In what looked like the last roll of the dice for Mourinho in his bid to sign the player, the Chelsea manager was at his most open yet on Rooney in his post-match press conference following the 0-0 draw between the two clubs at Old Trafford. Asked whether he wanted Rooney to make a public statement clarifying his intentions, Mourinho replied: “Yes, I would like.”

Mourinho said that Chelsea, who have made two bids for Rooney, both rejected by United, would give “24, 48 hours” for him to make up his mind. The club are in talks over signing Samuel Eto’o, who played for Mourinho at Inter, in a separate deal from the one that brought Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Mourinho said: "I think the person that started the story has to finish the story. A club like us, a manager like me, the people that work in the club with me ... we are not silly to try to get a player from a big club, a big club that doesn’t sell what they don’t want to sell. We are not silly to try something if somebody didn’t start [it].”

Pushed hard on how he knew that Rooney wanted to join Chelsea, Mourinho realised he had to be careful not to suggest that he had made an illegal approach by contacting the player directly. Asked three times how he knew Rooney’s intentions, Mourinho finally answered. “He told somebody who is very important in his career.” He did not clarify whether that was Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford.

Avoiding the question earlier, Mourinho said: “Do you want me to tell you what for me is the most important thing? It is that he played very well [against Chelsea]. He was a real professional, playing for his club, playing for the club that pays him. He tried to win, Tried to score. He was fantastic.

“After that he wants to leave? He has to say. Or he 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.”

Asked whether it was Eto’o whom Chelsea hoped to sign, Mourinho said: “We don’t like to speak about players, it’s dangerous.”

Praising the response of the United supporters, who sang Rooney’s name during the evening, Mourinho said: “It was fantastic. In other countries it wouldn’t be possible, probably in other clubs it wouldn’t be possible. In a Portuguese team, an Italian team, when people know you want to leave it doesn’t matter what kind of player you are, they don’t want you. And they gave him fantastic support. It was good it was nice, it was very English. Your customs.”

Mourinho said that there was no possibility of Juan Mata, who was an unused substitute against United, leaving in this transfer window. He said: “He [Mata] is very important for me and Chelsea. The stories that are coming out [about him leaving] are nonsense stories. He goes nowhere and he is very important for me.

“He had a very small pre-season after the Confederations Cup. During that ore-season he was injured. He started training two days before we played the first Premier League match. He played against Aston Villa and [against United] I decided to put him on the bench.

“I played with De Bruyne on the right to have complete control of Evra defensively. When Juan plays on the right he comes more inside. I don’t say he has more tactical discipline but he [De Bruyne] is more adapted to that situation. I wanted Oscar to play behind the striker so I decided not to play Juan.

“I put him in [on bench] for a situation where it was ‘Can we win?’. ‘Am I going to make another offensive change or no?’ In the 75th minute I was feeling, it was difficult to win. I didn’t want to lose so I made the changes just to control the last few minutes. No chance that Juan goes.”

Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
Al Pacino in ‘The Humbling’, as an ageing actor
filmHam among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
News
Fifi Trixibelle Geldof with her mother, Paula Yates, in 1985
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Mario Balotelli in action during his Liverpool debut
football ...but he can't get on the scoresheet in impressive debut
Environment
Pigeons have been found with traces of cocaine and painkillers in their system
environmentCan species be 'de-extincted'?
Arts and Entertainment
booksExclusive extract from Howard Jacobson’s acclaimed new novel
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
A Pilgrim’s Progress is described by its publisher as “the one-and-only definitive record” of David Hockney's life and works
people
Sport
Loic Remy signs for Chelsea
footballBlues wrap up deal on the eve of the transfer window
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Art
Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham and Richard E Grant as Simon Bricker
TV
Life and Style
Instagram daredevils get thousands of followers
techMeet the daredevil photographers redefining urban exploration with death-defying stunts
Arts and Entertainment
Diana Beard, nicknamed by the press as 'Dirty Diana'
TVDaughter says contestant was manipulated 'to boost ratings'
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

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor