Is Mourinho really not interested in Rooney?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out any attempt to sign Wayne Rooney in his second stint as Blues boss.

The Portuguese coach and Chelsea favourite met with the press for the first time following his re-appointment at Stamford Bridge and whilst he spoke candidly on a number of high-profile issue, both domestic and continental, he seemed reluctant to discuss Manchester United’s wantaway striker.

"I learned a few things. One of them is I don't comment on players from other teams. No chance,” stated Mourinho.

However in the same breath continued on to praise the ambition and the quality of the Englishman who, incidentally, handed in a transfer request at Manchester United last month.

"I think he (Rooney) is at a fantastic age for a player: maturity, big experience, still young. It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy,” Mourinho explained.

"He's a little bit like me: he doesn't need one more pound in his contract. 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? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy."

It’s very difficult to come to any definite conclusion over whether Mourinho is in fact interested in possibly signing Rooney or not. He’s shut the door on the speculation in one breath and then proceeded to reopen that door in the next.

One thing’s for sure, during his first spell with Chelsea back in 2004 Rooney was the most coveted striker in England – Manchester United signed him from Everton for £25.6 million the same summer as Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge but he didn’t stop the Blues’ boss from securing Chelsea’s first league title in half a century.

Mourinho and his Chelsea team won the title the following season as well in 2005/06 – Rooney had to wait three years before he secured his first Premier League winners medal with United, largely due to Mourinho’s success in West London.

Rooney was unsettled once again as Mourinho departed for Italy where he eventually took over Inter Milan in 2008. By the time Mourinho had won the treble with Inter, Rooney was shuffling his feet over a new contract with United and was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Another mooted destination for Rooney that transfer window had been Real Madrid where Mourinho had taken charge of Los Blancos in 2009 – incidentally, just as Rooney was linked with a departure from Old Trafford.

It’s something of a game of cat and mouse between these two but could Mourinho finally get his chance to sign Wayne Rooney this summer? The 27-year-old was outshone considerably this term by United’s signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal and, whilst Rooney reportedly has interest from Paris Saint-Germain, perhaps he might prefer to stay a little closer to home?

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