Mourinho wants to take Man Utd striker Rooney to Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has identified Wayne Rooney as the player to lead his new version of Chelsea, the Daily Mail has reported, having expressed an interest in the Manchester United striker earlier in his tenure as Real Madrid manager.

Mourinho is expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for a return to Stamford Bridge this summer and wants Rooney to move to London too, with the former Everton forward said to be unhappy again with life at Old Trafford.

It was in October 2010 that Mourinho invited Rooney to move to Madrid after it was reported the England international wanted to leave United then, and two-and-a-half years later Mourinho’s admiration for the player has not diminished, the newspaper claims.

Indeed, the Mail adds that Mourinho sees Rooney as Chelsea’s new Didier Drogba, the powerful striker brought to the club by Mourinho. Drogba left Chelsea last summer after securing the Champions League trophy with the final kick of his Blues career, converting successfully in the penalty shootout against Bayern Munich.

Rooney is said to be keen on the idea of joining up with Mourinho at Chelsea, with his past frosty relationship with incoming United manager David Moyes – that has seen Moyes take legal action against Rooney – said to be a factor, despite claims the two had patched up their differences.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s players, including Rooney’s current and former England teammates Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole, have discussed the proposed transfer at training and are said to be excited at the prospect of lining up next to Rooney next season under the command of Mourinho.

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