London: Wayne Rooney will reject Jose Mourinho’s call to push for a move to Chelsea ‘within the next 48 hours’ after deciding not to submit a transfer request at Manchester United.
The 27-year-old, who produced a man-of-the-match performance during the 0-0 draw between the two clubs at Old Trafford on Monday, has made it clear to United this summer that he is keen to leave the club following the breakdown of his relationship with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
But it is understood that, following United’s decision to reject offers of £20 million and £30m for the player this summer, Rooney has now opted against forcing the issue by officially asking for a transfer.
Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, has repeatedly underlined United’s stance that Rooney would not be sold, despite efforts by Mourinho to lure the forward to Stamford Bridge.
Moyes’ decision to restore Rooney to the team against Chelsea on Monday night was rewarded with the player producing his best display for the club in over a year.
Mourinho’s exasperation with Chelsea’s unsuccessful attempts to sign Rooney were evident following Monday’s game, when he urged the player to come clean on his intentions. “We are going to close (sign) another player if he is not coming,” Mourinho said. “If he is not coming, I want to close another player. How long will we wait? 24 hours, 48 hours.”
When asked whether Chelsea would lodge a third bid for Rooney, Mourinho added: “We have to speak, but I think this club (United) must be a very special club.
“In every club in the world, when a player wants to leave, they don’t support him.”