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After a summer of angling for a deal that would bring Wayne Rooney to Chelsea, Jose Mourinho looks ready to give up his pursuit of the Manchester United man.
According to The Guardian's Daniel Taylor, Mourinho has admitted that Rooney will likely decide to stay at Old Trafford. "I think probably now, he decides that he wants to stay," Mourinho said after the Blues' match against United on Monday.
The Portuguese boss went on to demand that Rooney make his desire to leave public over the next few days or the deal will be off the table. He then implied that his club would be closing on a different striker if Rooney chooses not to come.
Given Mourinho's crafty nature, though, one must take The Special One's words with a hefty grain of salt.
Is this the end of the saga, as Chelsea admits defeat, or just a way for the Blues to find leverage and prod Rooney into acting out?