No new Rooney bid before Manchester United game: Mourinho

No new Rooney bid before Manchester United game: Mourinho
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho squats by the touchline during their English Premier League match against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London on Aug 21, 2013. Photo: Reuters
Chelsea manager says it’s the ‘ethical’ thing to do before Aug 26 visit to Old Trafford; Blues still have a week after to pursue Rooney
Published: 11:18 AM, August 22, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, August 23, 2013

LONDON — Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said yesterday (Aug 21) that a new bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney won’t be submitted until after Monday’s match at the Premier League champions.

Chelsea has had two bids rejected for the unsettled Rooney, who indicated to United toward the end of last season that he wanted to leave.

United has said Rooney is not for sale but that has not deterred Chelsea in its pursuit of the England international.

Mourinho says “we did (bid) before and we will do later, but I think this period — from the ethical point of view — is a period when we are going to be quiet and just thinking about that game”.

After the match at Old Trafford on Aug 26, Chelsea has a week until the transfer window closes on Sept 2 to sign Rooney. AP