Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho likes Wayne Rooney ‘very much’
Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho drops hint that Blues could make a move to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United this summer
Jose Mourinho has hinted that Chelsea could make a move to sign Wayne Rooney this summer by admitting that he is a keen admirer of the Manchester United striker.
The 27-year-old’s future has been a source of constant speculation since it emerged that he asked to leave Old Trafford towards the end of last season.
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been touted as possible Premier League destinations for the forward should he opt to quit the Red Devils.
And Mourinho has left the door open for a possible move for the England international by declaring that he is a big fan of the Manchester United striker.
“It’s a tricky question because I cannot speak about [that]. But you know me and it’s not my kind of character to speak with a bit of hypocrisy and I always say what I think,” said Mourinho after Chelsea’s arrival in Bangkok ahead of their pre-season tour.
“He [Rooney] is a player I like very much but I can say no more than that. Being fast and direct, I like that, but he’s a Manchester United player.”
It is not the first time that Mourinho has spoken of his admiration for Rooney.
The newly-appointed Chelsea boss was full of praise for the striker following his return to Stamford Bridge last month.
“I like him. He is at a fantastic age,” said Mourinho in June. “He has maturity, big experience and is still young. It’s up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy.
“He’s a little bit like me. He doesn’t need one more pound in his contract and one more cup won’t make a difference. Be happy.
“Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him?”
Rooney is expected to be out of action for a month after being forced to fly home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Asia with a hamstring injury picked up in training.
He scored 12 league goals and made 10 assists, despite being limited to just 22 top-flight starts for the Red Devils last season.