VIDEO: Mourinho hands Rooney 48hr Chelsea ultimatum
Jose Mourinho says he will wait up to 48 hours for Wayne Rooney to decide whether he wants to leave Manchester United for Chelsea.
The Blues boss admits he was running out of patience in his pursuit of the striker, and needed a definitive answer from the player himself.
While speculation has suggested Rooney wants to move to Stamford Bridge, the frontman has remained tight-lipped himself despite two failed bids from Chelsea.
And, following Monday's goalless draw between the two sides, Mourinho said it was time for him to end the speculation, with the options being to hand in a transfer request or to stay at Old Trafford.
Chelsea have lined up Samuel Eto’o as an alternative and the manager said: “The person that starts the story has to finish the story. A club like us, a manager like me, and people who work with me, we are not silly to try to get a player from a big club, a club that don’t want to sell. We are not silly to try something if somebody didn’t start [it].
“It’s time for the good of everyone to finish the story, to one side or the other. We are going to close another player if he is not coming. We will wait 24 hours, 48 hours.”
Rooney was given a rapturous welcome by United fans after being named in the starting line up and led his side’s bid for victory. And Mourinho added: “This is a special club with special fans and I think probably now he thinks he wants to stay. If that is his decision we will respect that and say it is over.
“He was a real professional. He was fantastic. After that, if he wants to leave he has to say. Or he has to say I don’t want to leave anymore.”
Moyes believes Rooney’s actions on the field showed his intentions. “I was very pleased with his performance and very pleased with the reaction from the crowd, I didn’t think it was unexpected,” he added.
“I think Wayne has a positive mind at the moment and doesn’t need to change. At the moment his performance said enough.”
The United boss will continue his pursuit for new signings before the transfer window closes, and refused to be drawn on whether he had lodged a bid for Gareth Bale.
Spurs were linked with Chelsea’s Juan Mata as they bid to replace Bale, but Mourinho rejected that. “He is very important for me and very important for Chelsea. The stories coming out are nonsense stories, he goes nowhere,” he said.