There is no set time limit on signing Wayne Rooney says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said following Manchester United’s statement that the player was not for sale.

The England international has been linked with a move to Chelsea since David Moyes arrival at Old Trafford, and Chelsea have already had one bid turned down for the unsettled 27-year-old.

“There is no time limit,” said Mourinho.

“We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would look to have with us.”

Mourinho’s interest in Rooney is irritating United as they wish Chelsea’s interest would just go away, and are tired of constantly having to say that Rooney is not for sale.

Jose Mourinho thinks that everything Chelsea have done up to now is above board, especially when they know that Rooney is not happy at Old Trafford.

He added: “We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing.

“We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day. And we will see how it comes.”