Jose Mourinho’s blatant attempts to convince Wayne Rooney that his future lies elsewhere from Manchester United met with strong resistance from the Premier League Champions. In his first press conference on his return as Chelsea manager, Mourinho had asked Rooney to do what makes him happy, after referring to himself as the ‘Happy One’ at having re-joined a club as terrific as Chelsea.
But Manchester United have confirmed that the club will not sell their stars to one of their Premier League rivals and any offers from the Blues to sign the striker will be answered with a firm ‘no’.
Rooney has been disgruntled over the last month after his transfer request was made public by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the England international was axed from the squad for the last two games of the season. New manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward have expressed hope that Rooney will not be sold.
The 27-year old is scheduled to hold talks with Moyes when the duo return for pre-season training and will chalk out his future at Old Trafford under the new management. PSG, Chelsea and Arsenal have been credited with interest in Rooney but United have a strict policy of not selling to their league rivals.
Rooney’s future remains uncertain and it remains to be seen how the fans will receive him if he decides to stay.