NO MOUR TIME FOR ROO MOVE
No Champ move for Rhodes Jose’s move ultimatum closes at midnight
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.
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.
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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