Jose Mourinho has insisted he still wants Wayne Rooney to join Chelsea, despite Manchester United's insistence the England striker is not for sale.
The Blues manager, speaking ahead of his side's opening weekend clash against Hull City, said there is one player he wants to add to his squad, following his words on Chelsea's pre-season tour that their targets are 'Rooney or bust.'
Another striker linked with Chelsea is Anzhi Makhachkala forward Samuel Eto'o, who won the Champions League under Mourinho at Inter Milan in 2010.
On the mic: Jose Mourinho said he is still determined to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United
Rumours: Mourinho also spoke of Samuel Eto'o's wish to join Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala
Changing faces: Mourinho was speaking ahead of Chelsea's Premier League opener against Hull City
But the Chelsea boss seemed determined to focus his transfer wish-list on Rooney, saying: 'We always say we are happy with our squad, but we lie, because we always want to improve. I like the squad. I'm not lying when I say that.'
'I'm happy a player who worked with me before says he wants to join me again, especially one like Samuel, but we are trying to get one player and we will see what happens.'
Mourinho also confirmed that centre-half David Luiz would not be leaving the club, and revealed his delight at returning to English football after leaving Chelsea under a cloud in 2007.
He said: 'We are being very honest by saying there is no chance David Luiz is leaving.
'I am back in my favourite competition and favourite football country to work. I want to be seen as some, not being British, someone very much connected with this football country.
Thumbs up: Wanye Rooney arrived at Manchester United's training session on Friday morning
On the list: Mourinho said he is happy Samuel Eto'o wants to work with him again
'I work for my club but at the same time for English football and now I think I’m better than ever. Experience helps us as managers and makes us better. We are not like players when experience changes us to the negative side.
'I look to improve my players and give a contribution to my club to be better and better. We are a very young squad with a lot of young players and I look forward to the salt and pepper of football, that’s the unpredictability of every game, of who will win, qualify for the top four, who will be relegated.
'Let’s go for it, full of joy. Every fan’s the same. I go to SB, I go to my people but I want to say to everybody who goes to football, I am one of them. I am not just a “blue”. I try to give joy to everybody.'
Hair to stay: Mourinho confirmed that defender David Luiz would not be leaving Chelsea
Taking on Hull on Sunday sees Mourinho's title favourites face one of the Premier League's minnows, with Steve Bruce's men promoted from the Championship.
But it is not a challenge the Portuguese boss is taking lightly.
'Our start is difficult. I don't like to play against teams from a lower division, who come with a fantastic mentality. It's not like a team that stayed up on the last day of the season.
'It happened when I was Inter with Bari. They came up from Serie B and drew 2-2 at the San Siro.
'The fans have to focus on the team and support the players. Our people are great in their sense of loyalty.'
Easy win? But Mourinho says the clash against Steve Bruce's Hull will be a tough beginning to the season
In action: Rooney taking on Alan Hutton in England's clash with Scotland on Wednesday