Mour­inho calm over Rooney as Lukaku shines

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CHELSEA man­ager Jose Mour­inho said he was “calm” over his high-stakes bid for Wayne Rooney af­ter emerg­ing star Romelu Lukaku bur­nished his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with an­other two goals in Jakarta.

Mour­inho in­di­cated there had been no new of­fer for Rooney af­ter Manch­ester United re­jected an ini­tial bid. But he also said Chelsea were stick­ing by their de­ci­sion not to tar­get any other play­ers.

“No,” said Mour­inho, af­ter Chelsea’s 8- 1 ham­mer­ing of In­done­sia All-Stars on Thurs­day, when asked if there had been move­ment on the trans­fer sit­u­a­tion. “In this mo­ment we have what you know... that bid was pub­lic and of­fi­cial, and af­ter noth­ing else and we are calm, as we told you. We are calm be­cause we are happy with what we have.”

The Por­tuguese man­ager has much rid­ing on the Rooney bid, with Chelsea look­ing at no other play­ers af­ter the sign­ings of Ger­man for­ward An­dre Schur­rle, 22, Dutch mid­fielder Marco van Ginkel, 20, and 40year- old Aus­tralian keeper Mark Sch­warzer.

But he has

also been boosted by the re­turn from loan spells of 22-year-old Bel­gium mid­fielder Kevin de Bruyne and pow­er­house striker Lukaku, who has bagged four goals on Chelsea’s three-game Asian tour.

Lukaku, who struck the win­ner from the spot in Bangkok, and was also on tar­get in Kuala Lumpur, added a close-range header and side­footed fin­ish on Thurs­day to press his claims for reg­u­lar first team football next sea­son.

Mour­inho said er­ratic £50 mil­lion striker Fer­nando Tor­res should be pleased to have com­pe­ti­tion for a start­ing spot from Lukaku, even with­out Rooney in the squad.

“I think Fer­nando should be happy be­cause we have com­pe­ti­tion on the team and I think it’s good for ev­ery­body in ev­ery po­si­tion,” he said.

“So Fer­nando, I think he will be pleased be­cause for some time at Chelsea he was ba­si­cally the young striker, af­ter that it was Demba Ba, ar­riv­ing in Jan­uary ... and now we have three strik­ers.”

Mean­while, a stop­page time goal from new face Wil­fried Zaha saved Manch­ester United from the brink of a hu­mil­i­at­ing third de­feat in their pre­sea­son Asian tour yes­ter­day, draw­ing 2-2 with Cerezo Osaka at Shinji Ka­gawa’s for­mer J-League home.

Ka­gawa, who moved to Old Traf­ford from Borus­sia Dort­mund a year ago, also de­lighted a sell-out crowd of 44 856 at the Na­gai Sta­dium by scor­ing United’s first goal min­utes af­ter fluff­ing a penalty.

United now have two wins and two de­feats in Asia af­ter los­ing to the Thai League All Stars 1- 0 two weeks ago in Bangkok, over­whelm­ing the A-League All Stars 5-1 in Syd­ney and again bow­ing 3-2 to the J-League’s Yoko­hama Mari­nos last Tues­day. – Sapa-AFP


NO WORRIES: Chelsea coach Jose Mour­inho says he is happy with his cur­rent squad.

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