Chelsea transfers: Mourinho expects Rooney to stay at Man United

Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho all but concedes defeat in his pursuit of Wayne Rooney, saying striker "probably" wants to stay

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Jose Mourinho appears to have all but conceded defeat in Chelsea’s pursuit of Wayne Rooney after admitting that the striker probably wants to stay at Manchester United.

Rooney produced an impressive performance for the Red Devils against the Blues at Old Trafford in Monday night’s goalless draw, despite the continuing uncertainty over his future.

Chelsea have had two bids turned down by United in recent weeks and Mourinho suggested last week that the west Londoners are readying a third offer before next week’s deadline.

However, the 50-year-old appears to have all but given up in his pursuit of the 27-year-old England international.

“[United] is a special club with special fans and I think probably now he thinks he wants to stay,” said Mourinho.

“If that is his decision we will respect that and say it is over.

“If now, he does not want to leave, we are out of the thing but we need to know what is happening.”

And United boss David Moyes again reiterated his stance that Rooney is not for sale when quizzed about the striker after the game.

“Well he [Mourinho] has got one thing right, it’s a special club,” said Moyes.

“We’ve said to you people from day one, but you want to keep asking me, you want to keep coming back…it’s very difficult to keep saying sorry.

“But that’s the case, we’ve told you from day one.”

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