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Mourinho: Rooney is like me and should do what makes him happy

The striker has attempted to leave Old Trafford but the Portuguese would not be drawn on whether or not he will move for the England international

Wayne Rooney should leave Manchester United if it makes him happy, according to new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The striker has twice had transfer requests rejected by the Premier League champions and his future is uncertain following the arrival of David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Goal understands that Arsenal is seriously interested in Rooney, who has held talks with at least two clubs over a potential move this summer, with Chelsea also among his suitors. Mourinho thinks that the England international will be motivated in his decision to leave by ambition, rather than money.

"I think he is at a fantastic age for a player: maturity, big experience, still young," the Portuguese told reporters. "It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy.

"He's a little bit like me: he doesn't need one more pound in his contract. One more cup won't make a difference. Be happy.

"Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy."

However, Mourinho would not be drawn on whether or not he will attempt to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge.

"I learned a few things," he continued. "One of them is I don't comment on players from other teams. No chance. No chance."