Jose Mourinho's subtle message for Wayne Rooney

Rooney E

Jose Mourinho may not have talked directly about the possibility of signing Wayne Rooney but he’s doing everything but.

Rooney is now at a point where he faces a stand off with Manchester United over his position at the club, with David Moyes indicating in the same way as Sir Alex Ferguson that he sees the striker as back up to Robin van Persie.

Rooney’s issue seems to have been the fact he wants to play, lead the attack and have the chance to be a key player in the club’s biggest matches.

Well it seems that Jose Mourinho has a very subtle message for him, which goes along the lines of staying at United is bad for him and joining Chelsea would be a good idea.

“If Wayne is a second choice for Man United, then the national team will be affected,” said Mourinho.

The reason that simple comment is so significant isn’t just because it plays on Moyes’ comments that Rooney may just be a back up striker when the new season starts, it’s because there’s a World Cup at the end of next season.

The one thing Rooney would have been hoping for heading into that tournament in Brazil 2014 is to go there as the most prolific striker in English football or certainly the top scoring English player.

Mourinho will be well aware of that and is simply stressing that if he stays at Old Trafford, he won’t get the games he’ll need to go to the tournament with England and give the side a great chance of reaching the later stages of the tournament.

Chelsea’s Portuguese boss has always been very open when it comes to his dislike of talking about players under contract with other clubs but when it comes down to mind games, he’s as good as anyone else out there.

It’s more than likely he’s just spotted a chance to try and give Chelsea a little bit of an edge if there was any chance of signing Rooney because if he does become available, there will be plenty of clubs interested in him.

Arsenal as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been connected to the United striker, which could make any deal from Chelsea for the forward a lot more difficult to organise and push through.

The Blues are also aided by the fact that they are in a better position than any other club when it comes to being able to offer Rooney exactly what he wants from a playing point of view.

Should United go against their nature and sell him to the Stamford Bridge club, he’ll be the primary striker at Chelsea with no threat to his position, status or role as a striker in the first team.

Maybe this is all being blown out of proportion a little bit but Mourinho is the man who can see the smallest opportunity and do everything he can to take advantage of it.

What do you make of Mourinho’s comments? Mind games or just a logical conclusion?

image: © pahudson

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch