Today's guest on World Soccer Talk Radio is Lyndon Lloyd from ToffeeWeb from 4-5pm ET. »

SUN, 11:45AM ET
TUES, 12:30PM ET

Jose Mourinho Gives Wayne Rooney 24 to 48 Hours to Decide His Future

manchester united chelsea epl Jose Mourinho Gives Wayne Rooney 24 to 48 Hours to Decide His Future

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney an ultimatum. Stay with United, or tell them you want to leave. And decide one way or another in the next 24-48 hours.

Here’s what Mourinho told the media:

“The person that started the story has to finish the story. For the good of everyone it is time to finish the story.

“One way or another he has to say ‘I want to leave’ or ‘I want to stay.”

When Mourinho was asked how long he was expecting to wait until Rooney announced his decision, Rooney replied “Twenty-four hours, 48 hours.” The Chelsea boss is understood to have other transfer targets on his list including Samuel Eto’o.

Mourinho went on:

“If you look at a manager like me, a club like us and the people who work at the club with me, we are not silly enough to try and get a player from a big club that doesn’t want to sell.

“We are not silly enough to try something if somebody didn’t start it.

“After that, if he wants to leave he has to say – or if he has decided now he doesn’t want to leave any more then he has to say.”

Expect Manchester United to be furious at Mourinho’s words. By doing what Mourinho did, he’s forcing Wayne Rooney to decide whether he wants to put in an official transfer request.

What’s your opinion regarding this breaking story? Has Mourinho crossed the line, or is he doing everything correctly to unsettle Rooney, and to force him out of United and to Chelsea? Will Rooney hand in a transfer request, or is he going to remain a Manchester United footballer this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

This entry was posted in Chelsea, Leagues: EPL, Manchester United, Wayne Rooney. Bookmark the permalink.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
View all posts by Christopher Harris →

7 Responses to Jose Mourinho Gives Wayne Rooney 24 to 48 Hours to Decide His Future

  1. Smokey Bacon says:

    Rooney is going nowhere judging by that performance. I was at the game and the United fans really got behind him from the start. Moyes deserves credit for the way he has handled Rooney. For all Mourinho’s chirping, Moyes seems to be winning over Rooney. I did enjoy the Chelsea fans singing “we’ll see you next week” regarding Rooney. The Stretford End’s retort to Mourinho of “you wanted this job” was even better.

    • jtm371 says:

      that is beautiful you wanted this job.

      big match Forest/Lions used to be carling not sure what goes by City Ground think we are sitting pretty.

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        I don’t think the atmosphere will quite match what I experienced last night. Old Trafford was loud. Just hope Millwall show up with their kit this time. Can see us getting tonked 3-0 by your boys.

  2. Yespage says:

    So is Mourinho the Donald Trump of European Football Managers?

  3. Rooney says:

    United including Rooney in the starting X1, Rooney giving a brilliant performance and now Mourinho “forcing” Rooney to decide his future. Its enough to prove Rooney is not going to Chelsea.

  4. Dean Stell says:

    Well….I think Mourinho is RIGHT… really is up to Rooney at this point. He really hasn’t been such a snot that United are forced to sell him, so unless Chelsea make United an offer that they cannot refuse, I can’t see him going.

    That game was a perfect example of why: Those two clubs are going to duel all season for the title…..why strengthen your rival unless they pay you so much that you (a) weaken them financially and (b) give you enough to buy someone equal or better.

    I just can’t see (a) happening because Roman has piles of cash and (b) won’t happen either because it’s too late in the window.

  5. Frank says:

    At this stage it doesn’t matter what Rooney says or wants. United will not be selling him this season. End of.

    Mourinho knows that United won’t be selling Rooney this season and even if they were it would not be to Chelsea. But he wants to keep this story alive in the hope of unsettling the player and United. It’s a strategy to gain an advantage over your main rivals.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>