Chelsea transfers: Rooney move would be good for league – Mourinho

Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho hints Wayne Rooney's touted move would be beneficial for the Premier League

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Wayne Rooney scored 12 Premier League goals last season Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Manchester United’s reluctance to let Wayne Rooney leave for Chelsea is at the detriment of the Premier League.

The United hierarchy are loath to let the unsettled forward move to any team with the potential to challenge them domestically, such as Chelsea.

Mourinho had insisted he would not discuss the protracted move until after Chelsea’s clash with United on Monday but nonetheless, couldn’t resist raising the issue further when pressed on the saga.

“You feel that player’s happiness is something that you can control and turn around but that old fashioned mentality of not wanting to sell doesn’t help the players involved or your league,” Mourinho said.

“If you keep players in your league, you are contributing to make your league the best around.

“So when you want to sell your players abroad you’re making the wrong contribution to the league where you are.” Mourinho did say every case was “different”.

Although he admitted it was “a difficult decision” for United, he pointed to Italy’s Serie A as an example of where top players are retained in a league because clubs are willing to sell to other Italian teams.

“I don’t know why this doesn’t happen here,” lamented Mourinho. “Players move from Inter Milan to AC Milan to Juventus, from Juventus to Inter.

“They do this all the time. Filippo Inzaghi played for both Milan and Juventus. Only Francesco Totti stayed at the same club.”

The 50-year-old revealed Chelsea will only be signing “a maximum of two players” before the transfer window closes on 2 September.

The news comes after Chelsea confirmed on Friday that Brazilian playmaker Willian is in advanced talks with the club over a move to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho went on to dismiss the idea he is deliberately trying to anger United by pursuing Rooney, saying its normal to assess the squad at this stage of the season.

“It is normal that we want to strengthen the squad in every position,” he explained. “We did it from the goalkeeper, we did it in midfield and the creative positions, too, but we didn’t in the striking positions where we have kept the players from the last year plus the return of Romelu Lukaku on loan.

“I think it is basic and normal to give more quality to the whole structure. It is obvious that the striker position is a position, which we would try to improve.”

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