- Chelsea confident Wayne Rooney will NEVER wear Manchester United shirt again16:21 | 22/07/2013
It will be a £30million move but won’t happen in time for Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford on August 26 PLUS Mourinho backs Lukaku.
Chelsea believe it is a only matter of time before Wayne Rooney is their player.
But the Blues are resigned to not landing Rooney in time for him to return to Old Trafford in a Blues shirt on August 26.
The Stamford Bridge club will table a second bid of £24million this week and feel they can get their man for around the £30m mark – despite Manchester United’s insistence the England man is not for sale.
Jose Mourinho has made Rooney his prime target, with the Chelsea board confident the Scouse ace will not wear a United shirt again.
If the Reds are successful in their ongoing quest to land Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, Chelsea expect United will be able to ‘sell’ his arrival as an ‘upgrade’ to justify the departure of Rooney to SW6.
But United boss David Moyes will not want his first home game as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor to be overshadowed by Rooney’s return to Manchester.
And while Chelsea feel the champions have no option but to sell before the transfer window shuts on September 2, they are willing to have to wait until the final days to get their man.
Blues boss Mourinho stuck to his strict “no comment” policy on Rooney after last night’s 4-1 win over Malaysia in the Shah Alam Stadium on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
And the Special One, relieved that his worst fears over Belgium schemer Kevin De Bruyne’s knee injury were not realised, suggested Romelu Lukaku can start the season rather than Fernando Torres.
Lukaku, who returned to Chelsea after scoring 17 goals on loan at West Brom, made it two in two pre-season matches, but more importantly terrified the Malaysians with his pace and power.
He also set up De Bruyne’s stunner and Mourinho said: “Lukaku had a fantastic manager last season. It’s up to the kid, but he’s open and intelligent to learn the kind of movement we want.
“Of course he can challenge Torres. The role he played was the right movement. We don’t want the striker just aiming between the central defenders, but making movements, sometimes between midfield or moving wide.”
Asked if he saw resemblances with a younger Didier Drogba, Mourinho said: “We have to respect them both. The best way to do that is not compare Lukaku to a legend. Leave Didier where he is, at the top of Chelsea’s history, and leave Lukaku to work hard. The kid is good.”
Another “good kid” is 17-year-old trialist Bertrand Traore, who scored the opener from De Bruyne’s pull-back, with Victor Moses also netting late-on.
The Burkina Faso youngster is still on a student visa but Chelsea fear he will not get a work permit when he turns 18 in September.
“Those are the rules in England, and we have to accept them,” said Mourinho. “We’ll try to get the permit for him when he becomes 18. If it’s not possible we have to let him go on loan somewhere. Sooner or later the committee has to give him a permit to play here.”
On De Bruyne, finally promised a chance after spending 18 months on loan at Genk and Werder Bremen, Mourinho said: “When he was on the floor, everyone on the bench thought the worst.”
De Bruyne will be assessed today. The Belgian tweeted: “Knee and ankle feeling OK. Always stay positive. Waiting for tomorrow. Then we will know more.”
According to Mirror
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