Jose Mourinho has said David Moyes is to blame for the summer-long saga of Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United future and Chelsea’s attempts to buy the England international from the Premier League champions, Sky
Chelsea have had a number of offers rejected for Rooney and Mourinho recently confirmed a third would be made – but only after the sides have met in the league on Monday evening. Mourinho has now claimed that it is Moyes who has brought this situation about, having appeared to suggest Rooney is second-choice to Robin van Persie at Old Trafford and then refusing to sell the player.
Mourinho added that if he had described a player as second choice, he would not stand in their way if they wanted to leave the club. It was suggested to Mourinho during a pre-match press conference that his pursuit of Rooney had made him unpopular at United, but the Portuguese defended himself from the complaints.
“Why? They are against me?” Mourinho said. “I didn’t say (to Rooney) you will be a second choice for me. And they are against me? We are trying to get a player that the manager told ‘you will be a second option’. We are not going for van Persie.
“They don’t have to be against me. If I say Ramires is a second option for me and he plays when (Frank) Lampard is tired or injured, if somebody comes here to get Ramires, nobody is upset.”
Mourinho was then directly asked if he believed Moyes was to blame for the Rooney situation. “Of course,” the former Real Madrid manager replied.
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