By Mark Finlay
If anyone has followed Mourinho’s moves in the transfer market you will see that he almost always gets his man, and after having missed out on Napoli’s Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain the Portuguese manager now has his sights locked on Manchester United Wayne Rooney.
Back in May of 2010 Mourinho said: ‘I would like to coach Rooney, as much for his football as for his mentality. But my friend, [Sir] Alex Ferguson, can relax, because it’s impossible.’
Then later in the same year when it looked like the England international might be on his way out Mourinho said: ‘I believe he is going to stay – but if at the end of day Man United decides that he is to leave, give me a call.”
After returning to Stamford Bridge for a second term the special one said at his first press conference when asked about Rooney.
‘He’s a little bit like me: he doesn’t need one more pound in his contract. Be happy. Where will he find more happiness? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy.’
Rooney flew back to England two days ago after apparently injuring his hamstring, leading Mourinho to comment: ‘From an ethical point of view I can’t talk about players from other teams. But it is not my character to speak with hypocrisy, I always tell what I see – he’s a player that I like very much. I like him very much, but he’s a Manchester United player.’
Wayne Rooney would fit into the current Chelsea side just like you would fit into your favorite pair of slippers, and if he was not to move to Chelsea this summer I would be very surprised.