That’s something which plays firmly into the hands of the Old Trafford club as the speculation over Wayne Rooney’s future continues to rumble on.
Mourinho claims to have known about Ferguson’s decision to retire long before anyone else with the Portuguese coach admitting his own interest to the Scot long before plenty of others.
The significance of this news in relation to Chelsea’s supposed interest in Rooney is quite obvious and forms two fronts.
“I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago and I was so happy to have his trust - I can imagine that just a very close circle around him knew that and it was a big responsibility for me to know that,” said Mourinho.
Firstly, there is something in Rooney that Ferguson seems to have had an issue with in the recent past. That issue could be the reason the striker was left out of the Manchester United side for key fixtures last season.
If there is concrete Chelsea interest in the forward then Ferguson is one of the first people that Mourinho will turn to and he will translate any worries he has over the player to the current Chelsea boss.
The second front is that apparent trust that the two have shared during their working relationship.
Ferguson may have issues with Rooney but he still knows the value the striker has to the current club, the versatility he provides and the goals he can guarantee in the attack of the team.
Therefore, Ferguson will protect United’s interests if Mourinho tries to sound him out over a possible move for the forward who has now asked to leave Old Trafford on two separate occasions.
It works heavily in United’s favour that Ferguson hasn’t left the club altogether because his experience, reputation and contacts means he can still be heavily influential in matters that concern David Moyes and the first team.
So Chelsea’s chances of getting one of the best strikers in England are already hit with two negatives before the finer details get discussed and the chances of an actual move start to gather pace.
The story certainly isn’t over but this pact of trust between Ferguson and Mourinho is clearly meaningful to the Chelsea boss and he risks it by going after one of Ferguson’s best buys.
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