COBHAM, SURREY, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 10, 2014) (REUTERS) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told reporters on Friday (January 10) that he didn't want to talk about a possible move for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
Mourinho is known to be a fan of the 28-year-old, who is nearing the end of his contract with United and may be keen to find a club offering Champions League football shouldDavid Moyes' team finish outside the top four in the Premier League.
"I don't want to speak about it," said Mourinho. "We play Man Utd in a few days. I don't think it is nice to speak about a Man Utd player.
"You have to ask him, you have to ask the player and Man Utd, because Man Utd has a contract with a player. So I think you have to speak with David (Moyes) and the player."
Chelsea take on United next weekend, but first face a difficult trip to Hull.
The newly promoted club have proved tough to beat at home, but a win for Mourinho's side will see them top the Premier League - for 24 hours at least.
However Mourinho said he was more concerned with finishing in the top four - and qualifying for the Champions League next season - than winning the league.
"We have a chance to win tomorrow, a very difficult match. I don't say that because it isPremier League match, and every match is difficult. I say that based also on my analysis of Steve's (Bruce) work and team. So I think a very difficult match to win there. I think we have a chance to win. If we do that, are we for a few hours top of the league? Yes. If we win we will be for a few hours top of the league, but I keep saying that the most important thing for us is to secure a position in the top four which is very difficult for everyone. So important is that, to improve the team and improve the players, keep playing well, improving in details and prepare the team for another period of success like Chelseahad between 2004 and 2012."
The Belgian international has only played three times for the Blues since signing from Genk two years ago for around £7million.
"He has a chance to go, he is a player that chelsea has had a couple of proposals, we keep analysing these proposals, one of them is coming into a level where we believe it can be a good situation for the player and also for the club," Mourinho said.
"We know he is a fantastic young player with lots of potential. I still say that I would be happy to keep him and develop him but we also have to analyse the player's profile, the player's personality, and probably he wants to go so much, may be it is a good option, may be it is a good option to let go."