Jose Mourinho has already declared that Wayne Rooney is his only transfer target this summer and is supposedly leaving no stones unturned for him. After failing to persuade Manchester United into selling him, now the Chelsea boss has taken another tactic to make Rooney force his way out of United.
At a recent interview quoted by the Telegraph, he has stated that if the players allow themselves to be the second fiddle at their own clubs, then their chance of making it to the World Cup 2014 is reduced substantially. Mourinho’s exact words were
“For a player to be selected for his country, normally he must be first choice at his club”
He went on to warn Rooney about his position and mentioned that he needs gametime under his belt this season to make it to the England squad a year later.
“He must play very regularly with the club and I think that’s the big motivation if they are thinking about the World Cup. So any player that wants to go to the World Cup, if they are a second choice in their club, they are in trouble… they are in trouble.
So I think this is a crucial year for that and probably many national team coaches are worried because they want their players to play regularly in their teams.”
Right from the end of the previous season Rooney had wanted a move out of Manchester United and had dropped his second transfer request catering to that wish. The Manchester United management though, led by newly assigned manager David Moyes, has insisted that the player’s future lies at Old Trafford.
While an alleged £20 million bid was turned down by United earlier this week, the Portuguese manger has started to play mind games, but will he land his target? we will have to wait and see.
In other news, Mourinho has confirmed the departure of another youngster from Stamford Bridge. The 19-year old Brazilian right back Wallace is all set to leave the club on a season long loan move, despite only staying with the Blues for 6 months after he was initially signed for a £4m fee from Fluminense back in January.
Chelsea have Ivanovic and Azpilicueta fighting for the first team berth which will leave the Brazilian out on cold and the loan move would be perfect for his development as Mourinho termed the move as being a “good investment”.
Mourinho stated “He’s a very good player, but he won’t be staying with us because we have [Branislav] Ivanovic and [Cesar] Azpilicueta for the same position. Because he is non-EU we’ll not get the work permit, it’ll be too early, so he’ll go on loan for a season.
“We’ll get the best option for him, in Europe. We want him to adapt. He’s very mature for his age, comfortable with the ball. He has the quality of a Brazilian full-back, likes to attack and create.
“So we’ll see the best of him: he has talent and is one more investment for this club, a good investment, because the kid is a very good player.”