Jose Mourinho gives Wayne Rooney a 48 hour deadline

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Wayne Rooney was cheered by both sides today in the Manchester United 0-0 draw with Chelsea. In fact, the Chelsea fans at Old Trafford even cheered “We’ll see you next week” to Rooney.

Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho has set a 48 hour deadline for Wayne Rooney. He has to decided in two days time to either remain at Old Trafford or move on to Stamford Bridge.

“The person that started the story has to finish the story. For the good of everyone it is time to finish the story,” said Jose Mourinho.

“One way or another he has to say ‘I want to leave’ or ‘I want to stay.”

Mourinho suggested that the 27-year-old striker himself was the catalyst for Chelsea’s move saying “he told someone very important in his career” that he wanted to leave Manchester United.

Rooney did not play like somebody disgruntled today. He was stellar; the man of the match.

And there’s more from Jose Mourinho

“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…After that, if he wants to leave he has to say – or if he has decided now he doesn’t want to leave any more then he has to say.”

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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