Jose Mourinho gives Wayne Rooney 48 hours to decide future

Mourinho gives Rooney 48 hours to decide future
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Jose Mourinho says that Wayne Rooney must decide within the next 48 hours if he wants to join Chelsea before he goes in search of another target.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Wayne Rooney that he must decide within the next 48 hours whether or not he wants to move to Stamford Bridge this week.

The England international, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal, is expected to leave Manchester United this summer after handing in a transfer request at the end of last season.

The Blues have already seen two offers rejected for the striker, and Mourinho feels that Rooney has to let his feelings known before Chelsea go in pursuit of other targets.

"The person that started the story has to finish the story. For the good of everyone it is time to finish the story," Mourinho told reporters. "One way or another he has to say 'I want to leave' or 'I want to stay'."

Asked how long he was prepared to wait before moving on to other targets, Mourinho replied: "24 hours, 48 hours.

"If you look at a manager like me, a club like us and the people who work at the club with me, we are not silly enough to try and get a player from a big club that doesn't want to sell. We are not silly enough to try something if somebody didn't start it."

Rooney started United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday.

United's Wayne Rooney battles Frank Lampard for possession on August 26, 2013
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