Chelsea Transfer News: Inability to Sign Wayne Rooney Isn't End of the World
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirmed on Sunday that the Blues' pursuit of Rooney had come to an end, per Kevin Palmer of ESPN FC.
Mourinho told Sky Sports, via the ESPN FC report:
For all parties, it is finished. One thing is to tell you through other people that you want, you want, you want very much, but at the end of the day (nothing happens). Everyone had a right to decide his life his future, so I respect him.
Given Mourinho's words, it appears Rooney and/or his advisers may have misled Mourinho to an extent during the transfer window.
Then again, Chelsea isn't exactly a desperate club right now.
The Blues are currently in third place in the Premier League, defeating Hull City and Aston Villa, while drawing with Manchester United. Most recently, they lost a nail-biter to powerhouse Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout.
This comes after Chelsea placed third in the EPL last season, three points behind second-place Manchester City.
Did Chelsea need Wayne Rooney to win the Premier League title this season?
The Blues sport plenty of talent on the pitch to contend for the EPL title, including Juan Mata, who is reportedly staying at Stamford Bridge, per Mark Lomas of ESPN FC. They have scoring up front, an incredibly creative midfield and a strong defense. Chelsea scored the second-most goals in the EPL last season, while allowing the third-fewest tallies.
The addition of players such as Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel in the offseason has only made Chelsea a stronger club, not to mention the presence of Mourinho.
Rooney would have been a fine addition to Chelsea, but the Blues can still win the EPL without him, even if he excels against them in their meetings. Mourinho did well to passionately pursue Rooney, but it wasn't meant to be, and Chelsea will move on with its sights still set on its first league trophy since the 2009-10 campaign.
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