Chelsea’s tapping up of Rooney reaching ridiculous levels

by Sam Peoples

Mr. Mourinho. Mr. Mind-Games. Mr. Loves-To-Tap-A-Player-Up.

Jose Mourinho has come back in as Chelsea manager and immediately set his sights on signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. Their bid was officially rejected and United’s stance hasn’t changed that Rooney is not for sale at any price.

But it hasn’t stopped Mourinho publicly talking about Rooney more so it seems than his own players.

Jose Mourinho #1: “It’s a tricky question because I cannot speak about it. But you know me and it’s not my kind of character to speak with a bit of hypocrisy and I always say what I think.

“He is a player I like very much but I can say no more than that. Being fast and direct, I like that, but he’s a Manchester United player.”

Jose Mourinho #2: “For a player to be selected for his country, normally he must be first choice at his club. Any player that wants to go to the World Cup, if they are a second choice in their club they are in trouble. They are in trouble.”

Jose Mourinho #3: “”The one [club] who sells has to go and buy, then they have to buy to replace, so no club is safe. Until the last minute, a club can go there and ‘steal’ a player. I don’t mean steal a player, but steal the balance that a manager has when he’s working with a team.

“In that aspect, we are OK because we don’t have players to sell, so none of my players is leaving under any circumstances. Many teams will be under pressure until the last moment without knowing how the squad is going to be.”

Whether directly talking about Rooney or in a round about way, Mourinho isn’t holding back on publicly trying to talk to Rooney through the media.

Here is the Premier League’s defined rule on ‘tapping up’:

“Any club which by itself, by any of its Officials, by any of its Players, by its Agent, by any other Person on its behalf or by any other means whatsoever makes an approach directly or indirectly to a Contract Player except as permitted by Rule K1.1.2 or Rule K2 shall be in breach of these Rules and may be dealt with under the provisions of Section R’.

“Rule R1 gives the Premier League the authority to inquire into any suspected or alleged breach as it sees fit: ‘The board shall have power to inquire into any suspected or alleged breach of these Rules and for that purpose may require any Manager, Match Official, official or Player to appear before it and to produce documents’.”

Some players in teams talk about their team-mate in a scenario where the player may depart. Take Barcelona right now for example. Puyol, Pique, Xavi and Iniesta have all come out and said that there is no way that Cesc Fabregas would leave the club. That’s fine, they are talking about a player at their own club and putting pressure on him to stay.

But it seems like the whole Chelsea squad is trying to give their own stance on Rooney whenever they get the chance to. And those that argue ‘all they are doing is answering questions they are asked’ – bollocks. A simple ‘no comment’ would cover that.

Ashley Cole: ‘For me, if there’s a player he [Mourinho] wants to come to Chelsea, it would be one thought in my mind: to come here and to be under a great manager. It’s a pleasure to play under him. I jumped at the chance.

“He’s a great manager. He’s proved how good he is with the number of trophies he’s won with different teams. He’s great at motivating players and keeping you on your toes, keeping you doing what you should be doing.”

Petr Cech: “Wayne Rooney is a great player but at the moment he’s a Man United player. We’ll see what’s going to happen. He’s a great player. Let’s see.”

Mark Schwarzer: “He is definitely one of the best strikers in the world without a doubt and he would be an asset to any side. That is not my choice [if Chelsea sign him], but he is a phenomenal player and an asset to any side.”

David Luiz: “Everyone knows about his quality, so if he wants to come to Chelsea why not? I’d be happy with it,”

Eden Hazard: “He’s a great player who has the experience and he’s still only young, at 27. He’s got a few years left to play. But it’s not up to me. It’s not my decision.”

Romelu Lukaku: “You know when you are playing for a team like Chelsea, there is going to be competition. It is the manager’s choice. You have to accept that you have to work hard to make it a successful squad. If he is part of our team I will welcome him [Rooney] with open arms.”

Chelsea are not holding back in their efforts to sign Rooney but their blatant tapping up of a player under contract, indirectly and directly, can’t just carry on unnoticed.

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35 comments

The Peoples Person | Daily Manchester United news and analysis 08/05/2013 - 13:16

[…] Mourinho indicated that Rooney was his only transfer target this summer and despite a second rejected bid, Chelsea will likely come back with another improved offer. […]

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Cormac 07/25/2013 - 15:22

Crapsea? Are you 12?

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John 07/25/2013 - 15:10

3-0 after 31 mins. They’re a struggle these pre-seasons aren’t they!

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John 07/25/2013 - 15:02

You might not have noticed Deano but this whole article concerns both clubs, Utd and Chelsea, that’s why Chelsea fans are on here. Your writer started it by accusing Chelsea of tapping up Rooney. Now you don’t like it cos we’ve proved that that argument is full of shit and have turned some attention of Utd’s failings. Well get used to it. How’s your pre season going? we’ve just gone 1-0 and on course for our 3rd win on the trot hopefully, how did your games go? By the way Crapsea’s really good, bet you spent weeks thinking it up. Well done!

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Dean 07/25/2013 - 14:41

“Getting Roasted” “A bit shaky”. 🙂 Thanks man, enjoyed that laugh! Question is: Why are you SO concerned about what we do? If you love Crapsea SO much, stick to what they’re doing NOT what we’re doing.

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John Hannam 07/25/2013 - 14:27

Dean, you’re getting roasted mate, and now resorting to telling people to sod off. That’s one of the wonders of the internet, everyone can see everything. You may think it’s just Utd fans that can see and read this thread, but actually it’s the whole world who can see how hyprocritical this whole argument is. Sounds like you’re a bit shaky to me. Two losses on tour so far. Moyes not quite as charismatic as you’d like, no signings of note so far (not even Baines) and Mourinho and Pellegrini pushing ahead and waiting to gobble you up. Little bit of fear and desperation setting in?

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Allan 07/25/2013 - 14:27

I’m not a Chelsea fan tard! I was linked to the article by my very good friend who is a united fan and it annoyed me. Alot of respect for a lot of man u fans I know, but i know a small minority, i.e the author of the article, want to pretend the worlds against them so if it goes tits up there’s always someone else to blame and its ridiculous!! It stinks of hypocrisy and self obsessed mancs!

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Allan 07/25/2013 - 13:22

this is ridiculous!!! I’m sorry but every one of the players answers is in response to a question theyve been asked, clearly about him! Look at them all! these have been taken completely outta context so this “samp” guy can have a whine! If a journo asks a player what do you think of Rooney, not one in the world will say no comment, theyve all said hes a great player but they cant talk about any transfers!! Some arent even talkin about Rooney they are just saying they love chelsea, which again any player would. They are paid and made to go to these press conferences, they arent allowed to say no comment. This “samp” guy reckons he’s gonna lose Rooney, and hes just looking for injusticed in it! Worst kind of united fan!

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Dean 07/25/2013 - 14:00

Why the hell are you even on here? This is a Man Utd Website! You just stick to your Crapsea Website, now sod off.

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Artie Bucco 07/25/2013 - 08:40

If you look below there is a direct quote from a player who were not given permission.

The point is valid and your point is pointless.

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cormac O'Connor 07/24/2013 - 14:51

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/8832871/transfer-news-robin-van-persie-wants-cesc-fabregas-to-join-manchester-united. Take off the United specs mate. The only reason Van Persie and De Gea are the only ones quoted on Fabregas are because they both know him. Rooney is an English player so makes for good column inches in England hence: Journalists will ask every Chelsea player they talk to about Rooney.

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Pete Borota (@Peteborota) 07/24/2013 - 14:09

Is that actually a picture of your Dad? There is no way you can be that old and still believe the world is filled with pixie dust? The reality is every player who is targeted by a club is tapped up (by the strict definition of FA protocol)

However the reality with news24, twitter and Facebook people are desperate to get everyone’s opinion on a transfer. If you examine the replies they are just honest replies to questions.

Grow up every club (including yours) does it

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Alex 07/24/2013 - 13:50

Bunch of hypocrites. Everyday, you shame yourselves even more. Mourinho hasn’t started with you, you’re going to be crying all season so save your energy.

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Dean 07/24/2013 - 15:04

Hypocrites? From the people who defended J.T. for being racist and then at some point in the season started calling us racist! Now THAT’S hypocritical!!! As far as ‘Tapping Up Jose’ is concerned, we’ll see who’s crying come the end of season!

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Artie Bucco 07/24/2013 - 13:27

Stam admits being tapped by Ferguson

Daily Telegraph 11:24AM BST 13 Aug 2001

SIR Alex Ferguson has found himself embroiled in controversy following revelations in Jaap Stam’s autobiography that they met in secret to arrange his transfer to Manchester United.

PSV Eindhoven, Stam’s former club, have accused Ferguson of acting “against the rules and the spirit of world football” even though the Dutch club have no plans to take action over the claim.

Meanwhile, the League Managers Association has called for a clampdown on tapping in the wake of Stam’s claims, which were serialised in the Mirror.

This follows a dispute over alleged illegal approaches after a summer during which the Old Trafford club were accused of trying to unsettle Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.

Vieira claimed at the weekend that his agent had spoken to the Premiership champions but United have denied making anything but an official inquiry to the Gunners, which was flatly rejected.

In his autobiography, `Head to Head’ – which Stam is due to launch at Old Trafford next Monday – the Holland centre-half admits he was approached by Ferguson before PSV learned of United’s interest.

“We had to keep everything under wraps, so the club (PSV) didn’t find out about the unofficial approach. We spent most of our 30 minutes just talking about what my plans were and how he’d like me to come to Old Trafford. There was no discussion about positional play, contracts or money. I guess he just wanted to meet me and see what kind of guy I was.

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Dean 07/24/2013 - 13:49

RUBBISH!!! SAF never did any such thing! That’s one of the reasons they fell out. Made up stories! The papers are full of them.

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Artie Bucco 07/24/2013 - 13:16

BBC Sport Tuesday, 6 January, 2004, 07:40 GMT

Man Utd accused over Robben

Robben has scored 16 goals in 48 appearances for PSV
PSV Eindhoven have accused Manchester United of holding talks with transfer target Arjen Robben without permission.

President Harry van Raaij also launched a furious attack on boss Sir Alex Ferguson after Robben visited Old Trafford and United’s training complex.

Van Raaij said: “We were very unhappy when we found our player was visiting another club without permission.

“I expected a call from United, but it seems with Ferguson a leopard never changes its spots.”

Van Raaij admits United have made a formal declaration of their interest in the 19-year-old winger to the Dutch club.

But he is unhappy at having had no prior knowledge of Robben’s recent visit to Old Trafford.

United have already bought Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy from PSV.

And PSV were furious when Stam alleged in his autobiography that he had been tapped up by Ferguson.

Raaij said: “United approached us some months ago about their interest in Arjen but then I heard that Robben was in Manchester and I didn’t know anything about that.

“There was absolutely no contact from any United delegate and we are unhappy that we did not know one of our players was visiting another club without our permission.

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Dean 07/24/2013 - 13:46

Well more fool you for believing them. SAF has NEVER done any tapping up in his entire life!!!

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Dean 07/24/2013 - 13:11

WRONG!!! Cesc has now come out & said that he’s thinking about moving! Really: Sky News.

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Dean 07/24/2013 - 13:09

Can you prove that SAF did that?

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Artie Bucco 07/24/2013 - 13:04

They should just do what Ferguson used to do – invite them to the club, show them the training ground etc without telling the selling club or getting permission like he did with Robben, Van Nistelrooy etc.

That’s classless.

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p nmm 07/24/2013 - 21:53

this players were given permission to talk to bigger clubs. your point is pointless.

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John Hannam 07/24/2013 - 13:02

How is this any different from Utd chasing Fabregas? Barcelona have twice said he is not for sale and yet Utd continue to persue him with Moyes confirming that at various press conferences. You have players like De Gea saying how great it would be if he came http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/8827494/David-de-Gea-It-would-be-great-if-Cesc-Fabregas-came-to-Manchester-United
The difference is that Rooney is clearly unsure of his future and it looks like he does want to move if the opportunity comes up. Where as Fabregas has stated that he doesn’t want to leave and wants to stay at Barca. So if anything Utd’s tapping up is worse than Chelseas. Double standards and hypocrites.

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samp 07/24/2013 - 13:09

Moyes’ public admission has only been to confirm bids. Has not gone further. De Gea shouldn’t have said that.

Any player is for sale at the right price and so is Fabregas. To call our pursuit of him worse than Chelsea’s of Rooney, given that so many of your players have had their say, is laughable.

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books 07/24/2013 - 14:56

I can’t actually understand wat u guys ar driving @, kindly recall all that gigs ndde gea said about alcantra

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keith 07/24/2013 - 18:53

You’re an idiot. He said he was leaving and clubs had permission to talk with him

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Lloyd Mhlanga. 07/24/2013 - 12:44


Grapes are indeed sour”. Typical of Man U suporter.

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Mayesey 07/24/2013 - 12:18

07/24/2013 at 12:08

Classless club, classless fans, classless players and classless manager. Rooney will fit in well there …Plastic response

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notagolfer 07/24/2013 - 12:12

those quotes are responses to being asked direct questions about wayne rooney…something which is happening so much because man utd have been briefing the press constantly…doing things like leaking the story of chelsea’s bid. that the rooney story is news is entirely down to things that have happened at the utd end.

utd’s courtship of rvp last summer was far more blatant & that wasn’t “tapping up” either.

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Mayesey 07/24/2013 - 12:09

In the first instance remember who it was that released the news that an approach for Rooney had been made. Secondly, kindly recall your Club’s own actions before the transfer from Everton.

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OJM 07/24/2013 - 12:08

Classless club, classless fans, classless players and classless manager. Rooney will fit in well there …

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mrparkersdogbite 07/24/2013 - 12:06

What about United’s ‘tapping up’ of Fabregas despite his club saying that he’s not for sale? Doesn’t that count?

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Ray 07/24/2013 - 12:02

Yeah like David moyes still talking about Cesc Fabregas , The word Hypocrite comes to mind

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samp 07/24/2013 - 12:57

Moyes has only confirmed bids. Situations can hardly be compared.

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Dean 07/24/2013 - 11:59

Well done! Spot on analysis by you on the true words & thoughts of Jose Mourinho & what he has really been saying & thinking! In my opinion, he & the Chelsea team, (possibly told by Jose himself to say something) have been publicly tapping Wazza up! A disgrace really, but then look who we’re talking about! He wouldn’t of dared say that if SAF was still in charge.

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