NO MOUR TIME FOR ROO MOVE

No Champ move for Rhodes Jose’s move ul­ti­ma­tum closes at mid­night

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK MCCAULEY By TI­MOTHY ABRA­HAM

WAYNE ROONEY is set to re­main a Man United player un­til Jan­uary af­ter sources close to the striker claimed he will not join Chelsea in this trans­fer win­dow.

Chelsea boss Jose Mour­inho has given Rooney un­til mid­night tonight to make up his mind on whether he wants to move to Stam­ford Bridge.

But it is un­der­stood the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional has no in­ten­tion of sub­mit­ting a trans­fer re­quest.

Chelsea have al­ready failed with two bids for Rooney and al­though the 27-year-old has told friends his long-term fu­ture at United is un­cer­tain it looks like he will re­main there in the im­me­di­ate term.

United gaffer David Moyes has been on a charm of­fen­sive to help Rooney feel part of his plans, re­al­is­ing that he can­not af­ford to lose one of his star play­ers to a Premier League ri­val.

Moyes has also strug­gled with his own deal­ings in the trans­fer mar­ket this sum­mer and fears a back­lash from fans if Rooney is sold and no new faces are found.

Mas­sive

Mour­inho named a start­ing line-up without a recog­nised striker in their goal­less draw against United on Mon­day – seen by many as a veiled mes­sage to Rooney that the po­si­tion would be his if he wanted.

Rooney does not want to lose out on a mas­sive pay day, but Chelsea may have to wait un­til 2014 to get their man.

He is not thought to have any prob­lem with Moyes, the club, or the sup­port­ers.

But the for­ward was BLACK­BURN have vowed that Jordan Rhodes won’t leave them for an­other Cham­pi­onship club – al­though they would strug­gle to turn away suit­ors from the Premier League.

The 23-year-old Scot­land star has at­tracted at­ten­tion from a num­ber of clubs dur­ing the cur­rent trans­fer win­dow, in­clud­ing fel­low Cham­pi­onship side Wi­gan.

But with

dead­line

day ap­proach­ing, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Derek Shaw has as­sured sup­port­ers that they will not see him lin­ing up against Rovers.

“We have no plans to sell to an­other Cham­pi­onship club,” said Shaw.

“If it was a Premier League club it might be dif­fer­ent be­cause Jordan would prob­a­bly want to go.” badly af­fected by Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s stance, and in par­tic­u­lar the Scot’s claim he had asked for a move.

Rooney had merely asked for clar­i­fi­ca­tion of his po­si­tion, given his omis­sion from some key Euro­pean games.

While United ac­cept there is an ar­gu­ment for sell­ing now, with a new man­ager and ex­ec­u­tive Ed Wood­ward tak­ing over the player’s talks, they be­lieve a hard line must be taken.

Wood­ward and Moyes do not want to be seen as buck­ling at the first sign of player pres­sure for fear of what that may bring over the long term.

So, with Rooney opt­ing not to force the is­sue, Mour­inho could move for Anzhi Makhachkala’s Sa­muel Eto’o. PAUL INCE has re­vealed his

frus­tra­tion over the sale of Matt Phillips to

QPR. year deal The Scot­land star signed a four-

on Fri­day, with Harry Redknapp’s Rangers af­ter play­ing over 100 times for

Black­pool since join­ing from Wy­combe in 2010. Boss Ince had hoped to keep

the 22-yearold winger at Bloom­field Road but ad­mit­ted

fer for a the club couldn’t r efuse the of player who had a year left on his deal. “To lose him is a big blow to me,” said

fans Ince. “I’m not happy and I’m sure the aren’t. But Matty had a year left and he wasn’t pre­pared to sign a new con­tract. “When an of­fer comes in for

that type of money, busi­ness is busi­ness.”

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