Jose Mourinho has admitted defeat in his attempts to lure Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United.
The 27-year-old was at the centre of a tug of war between Chelsea and United with a move to London looking like it was going to happen.
But David Moyes stood firm alongside the club that Rooney was not going to be sold and Mourinho has conceded that the signing of Samuel Eto’o has ended their interested in Rooney.
Speaking after the game about whether Chelsea would sign anyone else this summer, Mourinho said: “It’s the end. We have a good group.
“Samuel will give us other kind of qualities in attack. He is an experienced player in a team that needs some experienced players.”
When questioned further about Rooney, Mourinho added: “For all parties, it’s finished. 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…
“I feel everyone has the right to show his life, his future and I respect that.”
Moyes’ biggest battle when he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1 was keeping Rooney at Old Trafford and he has done so in emphatic fashion.
He never wavered in the face of Rooney’s representatives exerting pressure on the club nor did he pay any attention to Mourinho’s constant tapping up of Rooney.
Letting Rooney join Chelsea would have been catastrophic as he would have been the exact player that they need but equally so, it is a brilliant coup for United and an excellent example of how Moyes has the mentality to manage the worlds best players.
Talent wise, Rooney still remains one of the best players in our squad and now that he knows he is going to remain a United player, hopefully a screw turns in his head and he realises it is in his best interest to start playing like his old self again, the Rooney we all love.