New Manchester United manager David Moyes has once again reiterated the point that Wayne Rooney is not for sale, after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho made comments about the striker.
The Blues are believed to be interested in the United man, with speculation linking Rooney with a move away from Old Trafford.
Mourinho spoke about the forward and the admiration the 50-year-old has for the England international.
“It is a tricky question because, from the ethical point of view, I cannot speak of players of other teams,” Mourinho said.
“But you know me, it is not my kind of character to speak with hypocrisy and I speak what I think and he is a player I like very much.
“I cannot say much more that than, but being fast and direct, I like him very much, but he is a Manchester United player.”
Now United’s new boss – who is on a pre-season tour of Asia with the team – has been forced to respond to the comments from the Portuguese with Chelsea opening up speculation once more.
“José has been asked about players as well. It’s hard to keep repeating myself but I will – Wayne is a Manchester United player and it will remain that way,” the Scot was quoted in the Guardian.
“I think José said, in his comments, that he doesn’t normally talk about other players. But it does happen.”
It’s clear that the rivalry between the pair has started early, with both taking charge of two of the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy this season.
Much more heated exchanges can be expected throughout the season between Moyes and Mourinho but as yet, Rooney will not be swapping a red shirt for a blue one.