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The mind games have kicked off ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday, with the one surprise being that it has taken until now to crank into life.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho was asked about Wayne Rooney, a player he pursued during the summer.
Mourinho feels there is little chance of Chelsea getting their hands on the striker, but he opened up a can of worms by suggesting United might sell their star man in the summer.
The Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel has the quotes:
They don’t swap. They don’t sell. I don’t see that changing, they were very clear about that.
Will it be the same this summer? I think maybe this summer they will try to sell to a non-direct rival. But they were very clear, not to a domestic direct rival.
United boss David Moyes was made aware of Mourinho's comments and not surprisingly disagreed. The Scot also claimed he would not be sucked into any mind games.
In a piece by the Daily Mirror's David Maddock, Moyes said:
I completely disagree. I can only tell you I disagree.
I wouldn’t talk about other managers at other clubs and I wouldn’t talk about other players at other clubs. I can’t tell you what his motivation is, but only time will give you the answer about Wayne.