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Mourinho: It's Moyes' Fault Rooney Wants to Leave

  • Guardian, Monday, August 26, 2013 2:25 PM

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Manchester United on Monday, Jose Mourinho suggested that David Moyes is to blame for Wayne Rooney’s desire to move to Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea boss has openly pursued Rooney all summer, and is expected to lodge a final bid following today’s clash at Old Trafford.

When reporters suggested that Mourinho would be given a hostile reception for his pursuit of Rooney this afternoon, the Portuguese responded with bemusement: "They are against me? But I didn't say [to Rooney] you will be a second-choice for me. And they are against me?” He added: “We are trying to get a player that a manager told 'You will be a second option' for him. We are not going for [Robin] Van Persie. They don't have to be against me. If I say Ramires is a second option for me and he plays when [Frank] Lampard is tired or injured, if someone comes here to get Ramires, nobody is upset."

When asked directly whether Moyes is to blame for unsettling the player, Mourinho said: "Of course." 

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