Newly reappointed Chelsea manager Mourinho speaks during a news conference at Stamford Bridge stadium in London

José Mourinho on Rooney: “He is a player I like very much”

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After Wayne Rooney returned home from Manchester United’s preseason tour to Thailand, speculation around his future at Old Trafford has intensified.

Rooney, 27, has made it clear that he wants to leave United and a $38 million move to Chelsea could be an incredibly tempting offer.

Especially after these kinds words from new Blues manager José Mourinho, when asked if he wanted to sign Rooney.

“It’s a tricky question because I cannot speak about. 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.”

Hint taken, José.

But as Rooney jets back to the UK, away from his Manchester United teammates and David Moyes, you do have to wonder if we’ll ever see him wear the famous red jersey again. United’s new manager Moyes spoke earlier today about Rooney’s injury and still doesn’t envisage the England international moving away from Old Trafford.

“It’s a blow that we’ve lost him because he’s been training well and looking very good,” said Moyes. “But unfortunately he just felt something in his hamstring. He’s got a slight grade one injury that will keep him out for about two to three weeks. So I don’t foresee any problem with Wayne and he will be fit for the start of the season.”

(MORE: Rooney leaves Manchester United tour due to injury)

Moyes then seemed to let off some steam regarding the whole situation, as Rooney’s exit from their preseason tour of the Far East has cast further doubt on his United future.

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“Unless I was speaking double Dutch, I’ve said that Wayne Rooney is not for sale. I have answered lots of questions about Wayne and it’s getting repetitive. I don’t want to talk about it all day.”

Luckily, we do.

And Rooney’s soccer future could hinge on any potential move this summer. A switch to Chelsea could see his hunger return and trophies stack up under Mourinho. But if it doesn’t go well, then everyone will point to Rooney leaving Manchester as the catalyst for his downfall. But if he is forced to stay at United, will his form go rapidly downhill?

For club and country this is a huge year for Rooney, England need him fit and on top form if they have any chance of reaching the World Cup, let alone doing well in Brazil. This saga rolls on and on.

Think about this. On the day Rooney returns to England, thousands of miles away from Manchester United’s players and staff, Chelsea manager Mourinho states his admiration for the player. You connect the dots.

VIDEO: T&T women’s team gives away one of the most bizarre PKs

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Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.

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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.

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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.

Bundesliga to go ahead with video replay tests over two years

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, a Hawk-Eye camera is set up at Toyota stadium in Toyota. For the first time at a World Cup, technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line during matches at the upcoming tournament in Brazil. With vanishing spray also being used to prevent encroachment by defenders making up a wall during free kicks, officials at the highest level of the world’s most popular sport are finally getting some assistance. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.

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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.

The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”

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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.

West Ham extend Payet’s contract in “enormous show of faith”

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring while soap bubbles are blown during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.

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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.

“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”

Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.

VIDEO: Dele Alli’s magnificent juggling goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon

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Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?

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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.

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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.