Jose Mourinho reveals interest in bringing ‘unhappy’ Wayne Rooney to Chelsea
Jose Mourinho, who labeled Wayne Rooney as “a player I like” soon after he was sent back from the preseason tour of East Asia and Australia, is expected to table a bid for the England international. Jose Mourinho admits there a lot of speculation in the football community, but Chelsea is actually interested in acquiring Wayne Rooney’s services.
“This is a period when the big clubs and their managers are connected with everything,” Mourinho told the Daily Mail. “Until August 31, that's the oldest story in football, rumors and rumors. At the end, something comes true.”
Mourinho also confirmed that he had plans to further improve Chelsea’s star-struck squad. Nonetheless, the former Real Madrid manager was satisfied with the players he had at his disposal.
“At this moment I am so happy with the people I have that I'm not thinking of other players,” Jose Mourinho said. “And if I have to think of others I think of those on holiday who join us on July 28. The first part of my job is to get the best from these players and push the young boys to the levels they can reach.
“By August 31 you will see somebody come in to improve our squad but my focus is to work with these guys. After a week I am still the happy one because my boys have been fantastic.”
Mourinho’s side will be playing against with Singha All-Star XI in a preseason friendly this week. Singha All-Star XI defeated David Moyes and Co. in the first game he was in charge of Manchester United. Mourinho praised their Thai team’s tactical system and admitted he was wary of their game plans.
“I sent my assistant to see that match live and the team is good. They have good players, not only Thai players,” Jose Mourinho said. “They play a tactical system that's not easy to play against. They didn't play with all their best players. They have a New Zealand striker who is the top scorer who did not play against them. And they are not tired like us because they are at a different point in their season.
“To lose is not a drama, it doesn't change anything but it's not nice. We don't like to lose. Winning is part of the culture and if you can do that even in friendlies we have to do it.
“I will play two teams and give every player 45 minutes. I am only asking them to work hard for 45 minutes and they have to give a good performance. The pitch is very far from being good and that is not good for the show, the spectacle.”