The Chelsea FC boss is still keen on adding the services of the Manchester United star to his already top-heavy squad.

Rooney: Stalling on contract extension (By Mari)

Rooney: Stalling on contract extension (By Mari)

Jose Mourinho is still said to be “very interested” in bringing Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge according to latest reports. The Blues supremo is a keen admirer of the forward and has already made a series of bids over the summer in his attempt to bring the striker to West London, only to be rebuffed time and again by a resolute David Moyes who sees Rooney as an indispensable part of the first team at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United star is out of contract in 2015 and the player’s entourage have reportedly put contract talks on hold amid growing unrest at the club ,paving the way for Roman Abrahamovic to take control of the situation. Rooney has been in tremendous form for the Red Devils this season and seems to be enjoying life in Manchester once again after his bitter fall-out with the now retired Sir Alex Ferguson who had, on the last day of the 2012-2013 season stated that Wayne Rooney had asked for a transfer away from the club.

In a rather ordinary season for the reigning champions of England, the #10 has been in tremendous shape and form going into the half-way point of the season, scoring 10 and assisting another 8 in 17 appearances so far. Talking about his delight on working under new management after the Real Sociedad game in October, Rooney stated –

“”The new coaching staff have come in and it’s really a new lease of life,” Rooney said after the 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad in the Champions League. I’m really enjoying working under David Moyes and his staff. I feel like I am in the prime of my career, I feel good, I feel fit and I am just enjoying my football.”

Elsewhere, former Red Mark Bosnich feels that the striker is a priceless asset for the club and Moyes & Co cannot afford to lose their star player –

“I think they can ill afford to lose arguably their best player,” the former Australia international goalkeeper, who played for both United and Chelsea, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.A player of his quality and class would probably push Chelsea into one of the favourites for everything.

Jose Mourinho continually says, ‘we are not one of the favourites in the Champions League and we can’t win the title’, but a signing like Wayne Rooney would be similar to when Manchester United signed Robin van Persie and it tipped the scales in their favour.If I was David Moyes, I would dig my heels in and I would say to the board, ‘give him a new contract’, and I would say to Wayne Rooney, ‘you are not going anywhere, you are a Manchester United player and you will be with us for as long as I say you are.”

THT Verdict – Wayne Rooney’s contract delay may well turn out to be a saga if not resolved in the near future, and it will be interesting to see if the bosses at Old Trafford can get a third time lucky in keeping their man. Rest assured, Roman wont give up the ghost before doing all it takes to get a player of the highest calibre to Stamford Bridge.