Wayne Rooney seems set to stay at Manchester United after appearing to opt against submitting a transfer request.
Chelsea have had two bids for Rooney, 27, rejected, and manager Jose Mourinho had said he was likely to return with a third.
But after the two clubs drew 0-0 at Old Trafford on Monday, Mourinho said it was up to the England striker to force the issue by publicly declaring he wanted to leave United, and gave him a 48-hour deadline to act.
According to widespread reports, Rooney has instead chosen to remain at Old Trafford, seemingly bringing an end to a saga that has dominated the summer. He was brought back into the United team for Monday’s match, making his first start for them since April.
Manager David Moyes has been adamant that he will not sell Rooney, and the United fans gave the striker a generous ovation, despite the possibility he would leave for one of their rivals.
After the game, Mourinho said: “We are going to [sign] another player if he is not coming. If he is not coming, I want to close another player. How long will we wait? 24, 48 hours."
"The person that started the story has to finish the story. A club like us, a manager like me, the people that work in the club with me… we are not silly to try to get a player from a big club that doesn't sell what they don't want to sell.
"We are not silly to try something if somebody didn't start it. So I think it is time, for the good of everyone, to finish the story -- for one side, for the other side."