Jose Mourinho has hinted that Chelsea will wait until the last day of the transfer window to sign Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, while insisting that David Luiz is not for sale.
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Mourinho has made public his pursuit of Rooney this summer, with the England international believed to favour a move to the Blues.
So far, however, the Premier League champions have been steadfast in their refusal to sell the player. Chelsea, meanwhile, are taking the same stance themselves as regards to Barcelona’s pursuit of Luiz.
When specifically asked about Rooney, Mourinho somewhat evaded the question but intimated that the west London club had not given up their interest.
“Everyone of us is looking always to try and strengthen our squad,” he said. “We all say 'no' but we lie to the last day, when the market is open, because we're all waiting for something to happen. Even if we say we're very happy with our squad, we lie, because we always want to make it better.
“We'll see what happens, not just with us but with Man United. I like my squad. I'm not lying there. And I enjoy working with these young people, some of whom are taking their first steps in the Premier League, and I'm enjoying the process of working with this young team.”
Mourinho, though, was much clearer on the subject of Barcelona’s interest in Luiz.
“This club did fantastic work and found a fantastic balance. The club is in perfect conditions to say we don't want to sell this player or that player,” he said. “We want to keep this one. David is one of the players the club made a huge investment in.
“He's not been here for seven to ten years. He's been here for a couple of years, and he signed a new contract last year and was happy to do it. So we want to keep him and we understand that a big club like Barcelona wants the best, and tries to get one of the best central defenders in the world. But we are being very honest also by saying there is no chance David Luiz is leaving.”
The former Real Madrid boss also went on to speak about Chelsea’s reported interest in Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o.
Stamford Bridge sources have told ESPN the Blues have not made any contact with the Cameroon international, and that much of the speculation has come from the player’s representatives -- something to which Mourinho alluded to in his press conference.
“Samo [Eto’o]? He put himself in the public position. But, for me as a manager, I'm happy that a player who worked with me before goes publicly and says he'd like to join me again,” he said. “Especially a player like Samuel, a player with a big history in European football.
“But we are trying to get one player and we'll see what happens. Before the transfer window closes, we'll make decisions. The decisions can be different decisions.”