Jose wants Rooney at Real
But Mourinho expects striker to stay at Old Trafford
Last Updated: 20/10/10 8:53pm
Jose Mourinho admits he would love to bring Wayne Rooney to Real Madrid, but expects the unsettled forward to stay at Manchester United.
Rooney looks set to leave United after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the England international wants to quit Old Trafford after refusing to sign a new deal at the club.
The news has sent shockwaves across European football and fuelled speculation where Rooney might end up going.
Real are thought to be one of the frontrunners for Rooney's signature if he does end up quitting Old Trafford.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho admits every top club will be chasing Rooney, but he still fully expects the 24-year-old to remain at Old Trafford.
"My thoughts are he will stay," Mourinho told Sky Sports.
"He probably wants to leave for some reasons, but I believe he belongs to Man Utd, he belongs to Man Utd fans, he belongs to Old Trafford.
"I believe he is going to stay
"But if at the end of day Man Utd decides that he is to leave, give me a call."
Asked if he would be interesting in taking Rooney to the Spanish capital, a laughing Mourinho said: "Everybody would be interested, but again I don't think so.
"I think and I wish because I like him, I like Sir Alex, I like Man Utd I believe the best thing for him is to stay there for life.
Asked if he was excited at the prospect of teaming Rooney up with Cristiano Ronaldo again, Mourinho remarked: "Yes, but he will stay at Old Trafford for sure."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp also indicated his interest in signing the former Everton player.
"I'm going to speak to my chairman and see if we can get Rooney to Tottenham," Redknapp half-joked ahead of his side's Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
Ferguson, while claiming "the door is still open" to a new deal for Rooney at Old Trafford, has driven his argument home quite forcibly, accusing the England star of failing to respect United.
"I was in the office on August 14 and (chief executive) David (Gill) phoned me," outlined Ferguson.
"He had got a phone call from his agent saying that he (Rooney) wasn't signing a contract.
"I couldn't believe it. I just was dumbfounded. I could not understand it because only months before he was saying he was at the greatest club in the world and he wanted to stay for life.
"We just don't know what's changed the boy's mind.
"The next step was going to be important, decisive for us how we deal with the situation.
"I then asked to have a meeting with the boy and he reiterated what his agent had said - he wanted to go.
"The one thing I said was, 'Just remember one thing: respect this club. I don't want any nonsense from you. Respect the club'.
"I don't know if he's done that. I have got doubts on that because we're reading things about falling out with me and all that nonsense. It's disappointing because we have done everything we possibly can to help Wayne Rooney from the minute he's come to the club."