Chelsea have ended their attempts to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, with Jose Mourinho saying the saga is “finished”.
The England striker has been unsettled at United all summer and reportedly had a transfer request rejected by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.
Ferguson’s replacement, David Moyes, has since been steadfast in his determination to keep Rooney at Old Trafford.
That initially didn’t appear to deter Mourinho, who saw two bids for the former Everton teenager rejected earlier this summer
However, the signing of Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala earlier this week suggested the Portuguese may have given up hope of signing Rooney before the transfer deadline on Monday.
Speaking after his side’s 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday, the former Inter and Real Madrid manager confirmed he had ended his pursuit of the player.
“For all parties, it is finished,” he told Sky Sports. “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.”