News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Newly re-appointed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has urged Wayne Rooney to ‘go where he is happy’, amidst speculation the Manchester United striker could be sold following his transfer request last month.
"I think he's at a fantastic age. Again, for a player, maturity, big experience, still young... It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy. A little bit like me: he doesn't need one more pound in his contract; one more cup won't make a difference,” explained Mourinho.
"Be happy. Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy."
In transfer news, the Daily Mail claims Mourinho ‘can forget about Rooney’ – the source claims Mourinho’s ‘public courting’ of United’s player is unlikely to win him any friends at Old Trafford – least of all new manager David Moyes.
Meanwhile, United target Cesc Fabregas insists he is staying at Barcelona – unless, of course, the club decides to sell him this summer.
The former Arsenal captain answered speculation he could return to the Premier League this summer, stating:
“It has taken a lot for me to get where I am, and I am not thinking about throwing it all away for nothing.”
“If Barcelona said that they didn't want me, that would be another thing - but what I truly want is to triumph at Barcelona. That's been my dream since I was a kid.”
“The way in which some people always invent things is fascinating,” he added.
Meanwhile, United have been given the ‘green light’ to sign Robert Lewandowski after Borussia Dortmund insisted they will ‘definitely not’ allow him to sign with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich this summer.
Elsewhere, Galatasaray have ‘abandoned’ their chase for Nani, according to reports after United ‘rejected’ a bid for the Portuguese winger of £6 million.
"We offered seven million euros (£6million) for him," claimed chairman Unal Aysal.
"But they didn't accept. We can't give more than this. We are not going to follow Nani anymore. We can't give more than seven million euros for him.”
"They want 10 million euros (£8.5million). Because of this he is not on our transfer list anymore," he added.
Meanwhile, United are reportedly ‘keeping tabs’ on the availability of PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman who has been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford this summer.
According to the Express, David Moyes’ scouts have been watching him closely in the U21 Championships where he has represented Holland.
United remain linked with a £15 million bid for Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona who is reportedly also a target of rivals Manchester City this summer.
However, United will not be likely to sign French striker Karim Benzema who insists he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid.
"Of course I'm staying. I'm happy at Real Madrid and I'm not going to leave,” he stated.
In other news, United new boy Shinji Kagawa is hoping to emulate the success of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at United.
"In this business, you need to be like Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie and prove yourself if you want the ball. I want to be a player like them, which means I need results,” explained the Japan international.
Elsewhere, former United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw believes Alex Buttner has had a strong first season with the Red Devils, on which he can improve next term.
"He did really well. I think he wants to play a few more minutes of course but it depends on how it goes for next season. I read an article from him and he said he had a chat with Patrice Evra and [he'd said] that Alex should be very happy with the minutes he's played now as it was a massive step from where he was coming from,” said the Dutchman.
Meanwhile, another former United player, Jesper Blomqvist believes wingers will play a key role in David Moyes’ Manchester United side next term.
“At Everton David Moyes liked his wingers to play narrow rather than in United’s traditional style,” said Blomqvist.
“But he’s obviously developed a lot and he will be very aware of the way United have played successfully down the years. Last season was a difficult one for the Reds wingers but the team as a whole adapted their style of play so it didn’t affect them.”
“But wingers will always be loved at Old Trafford. The ones there now will have to prove themselves,” he added.
They start in Bangkok on July 13 against a Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium (8pm local time, 2pm BST), then go on to Sydney and play the A-League All-Stars at ANZ Stadium on July 20 (7.30pm local, 10.30am BST).
Two games in Japan follow, against Yokohama Marinos on July 23 at Nissan Stadium (7.20pm local, 11.20am BST) and Cerezo Osaka on July 26 at Osaka Nagai Stadium (7pm local, 11am BST).
The tour will end in Hong Kong against Kitchee FC on July 29 at Hong Kong Stadium (8pm local, 1pm BST).
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