Jose Mourinho has played down renewed speculation linking Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney with a move to Chelsea.
After the Blues had two bids for him turned down in the summer, Rooney, who faces a race against time to face Chelsea next weekend, has once more been linked with a summer move to west London.
But Chelsea boss Mourinho insisted it would disrespectful to talk about an opposition player so soon before the two teams meet at Stamford Bridge next Sunday.
He said: "I don't want to speak about it. We play Man United in a few days. I don't think it's nice to speak about a Man United player.
"You have to ask him (Rooney). You have to ask the player, and Man United, because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn't end at the end of the season."
Mourinho also refused to rule United out of the title race, despite the current holders sitting 11 points adrift of leaders Arsenal and five points off the top four.
He added: "I don't think they have a problem. They have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, which is an important objective for a big club. They lost in the FA Cup, but to a Premier League team. They are good contention to be in the Capital One Cup Final.
“In this moment they are not top four in the Premier League, but they can be at the end of the season. A new manager, but a club with a fantastic culture of supporting the manager. I don't feel any problem for David (Moyes).
"Better results will arrive and he will be for many years in the club and will reach good results for sure. It's their title, and they won't give it away without a fight.”