It’s Wayne Rooney or bust for Chelsea admits Mourinho after Manchester United reject first offer
Joe Mourinho insisted Wayne Rooney is Chelsea’s only striker target as the Stamford Bridge side went to war with Manchester United over the England man, writes Martin Lipton in Bangkok.
The Blues are expected to increase their offer to £25million this week, but the clubs are at daggers drawn.
Meanwhile, following the first match of his second spell in charge of Chelsea - a 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars here in Thailand, Mourinho made a clear and unequivocal pitch for the heartstrings of the Scouse star.
“We have not bid for anyone else,” he said. “And we won’t. It is Rooney or bust.
“I think that this situation now is clear, because nothing is a secret any more.
“Chelsea is interested in the player. Chelsea made an official bid.
“What we did, we did officially, between our club and Man United, and we have nothing more to say about it.
“We can say nothing else. There is nothing else to say.
“We want the player. We are interested in the player. We made the bid.”
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Mourinho’s words came after Chelsea admitted making a written, cash-only bid of £20m for the 27-year-old, and dismissed suggestions from United that they had offered £10m plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz.
Those claims brought a withering statement from the Europa League champions, who are furious at what they believe was a blatant attempt to destabilise Mata and Luiz in the build-up to the season.
But Mourinho confirmed that Rooney is the man he wants to spark another title-winning campaign in SW6.
Mourinho, ready to sell Fernando Torres or Demba Ba, and perhaps even both, to create space for Rooney - added: “I have to finish the story.
“The bid is there. The club knows we want the player. The player has to know we made a bid for him. Now it’s up to them.”
United rejected Chelsea’s bid instantly, and have again insisted he is not for sale, but the striker no longer feels he has any future at Old Trafford.
Stamford Bridge is Rooney's preferred choice and Mourinho’s public act of reciprocation seemingly leaves it as just a matter of time before England’s best player makes the domestic game's most controversial switch for decades.
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After a Romelu Lukaku penalty beat Singha All-Stars, Mourinho insisted there was no "special feeling" about taking charge of a Chelsea side for the first time since September 2007.
He said the Premier League opener, against Hull at Stamford Bridge on August 18, is his focus.
"(It was) not for me a special feeling,"the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss said. "I've been too many years in football. I've always felt connected with Chelsea, even when I was not here.
"It's just good to be back, but I'm waiting for Hull City, my first match when we play for points.
"Defensively we were very strong. We moved the ball quite well, but we didn't create many chances. "We are not sharp at the moment, we have a lot to improve, but it was okay - it was a good training session.
"I'm okay with the game and that performance."
Chelsea created a number of half-chances and had plenty of playmakers in evidence, with Kevin de Bruyne impressive. Yet the only goal came from the penalty spot when rampaging right-back Wallace was hauled down.
On Lukaku, who spent last term on loan at West Brom, Mourinho added: "A goal is a goal, but it's not significant. A penalty is not significant. For me, it's important he worked hard.
"(Demba) Ba worked hard. They worked for the team and tried some movement for us. A friendly is a friendly, but for confidence it's good for a striker to score a goal."
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Chelsea made nine changes at half-time, but midfielder Frank Lampard took no part at all, despite being named in the starting XI.
The England international appeared pitch-side with a heavily-strapped right ankle and will return to training after the squad travel to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
"He was feeling discomfort on his Achilles, so we decided he wouldn't play," Mourinho explained. "In competition, you have to risk sometimes; in pre-season, no. The worst thing that can happen is an injury while taking a risk.
"Frank will rest like everyone tomorrow and in two days' time he'll be back in training."
Mourinho also confirmed Wallace will go out on-loan in Europe this season - Chelsea have options at right-back with Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, and the Brazilian is unlikely to get a visa.
The Blues' players involved in the Confederations Cup - Azpilicueta, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, John Obi Mikel, David Luiz and Oscar - will meet up with the squad for the first time in London on July 28.
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