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Cech would welcome Rooney at Chelsea

Petr Cech believes Wayne Rooney would be a great addition to the Chelsea squad.

Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Chelsea made a bid for the Manchester United striker on Wednesday, adding that the England international is his only transfer target ahead of the new campaign.

And Chelsea goalkeeper Cech would relish seeing Rooney at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old’s future at Old Trafford has been in doubt since he was left out of the United team to face Real Madrid in March, but new manager David Moyes has insisted he has no plans to sell the player.

Cech has faced Rooney on 19 occasions during his Chelsea career and limited the striker to just nine goals, but knows the threat he poses and would enjoy seeing him lining up on the same team.

“Wayne Rooney is a great player but, at the moment, he’s a Manchester United player,” he said. “We’ll see what’s going to happen. He’s a great player. Let’s see.

“You always want to have the biggest and strongest squad so you can challenge for titles.”

Chelsea’s initial bid was rejected by United, but Cech remains confident that Mourinho will establish a strong squad regardless of whether Rooney joins.

“That’s why you have a manager and sporting director to take care of that, and all you (as a player) have to do is the work on the pitch,” the Czech Republic international added.

“We already have a few more players in and a great squad. If the manager doesn’t think we have enough he will try to get players in. It is only his decision.

“In football things are changing every day with every squad. As time goes on, every team can make some changes. Anything can happen.”

Thu 18 July, 2013
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