“You have to ask him,” said Mourinho. “I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week so how can I guarantee a player won’t be here next season?”
Mourinho admitted on Tuesday that he could not guarantee Rooney would still be a United player after next Tuesday, when the Chinese transfer window closes, despite claiming that he would never push him out and wants him to stay.
“I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season?
“What I can guarantee is that if one day Wayne leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club.
“I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny.
“You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving.
“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. You have to ask him, not me. I was very open with you in the answer.
“I don’t want him to leave.”
Rooney has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, where the transfer window remains open until February 28.
As The Daily Telegraph revealed last Saturday, a move is very much still on and Rooney has offers worth at least £32 million a year, with Beijing Guoan, who tried and failed to sign him last summer, and Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao two of the clubs interested.
Rooney has made just 8 Premier League starts this season, scoring two goals, and despite becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer.