It is impossible to take anything Jose Mourinho says at face value. Of course, he was referring to Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, who has been the target of Chelsea's affections all summer, but who put in a strong performance in the goalless draw at Old Trafford.
While that seems to put an end to the saga, it is worth noting that Mourinho is a master of the mind-game, a king of smoke-and-mirrors.
Rooney's surprise start - and Juan Mata's place on the bench - were perhaps the most noteworthy aspects of a cagey, tight encounter.
Most of the talk afterwards was about Chelsea's interest in Rooney, and David Moyes's odd comments regarding Gareth Bale, first hinting at and then categorically denying offers had been made for the Spurs winger.
Rooney was handed his first start since April against the team who want to sign him. Chelsea’s boisterous away support sung "we’ll see you next week". One assumes they were promising a deadline-busting transfer and not offering the portly playmaker a pint and a pie for his impressive box-to-box efforts. They may have spoken too soon.
Clearly he remains a fine player, albeit one with motivational troubles. Mourinho is lauded as the man to return Rooney’s ‘mojo’, but if Moyes can psyche the player he discovered into action, the Portuguese may not get the opportunity. It certainly seems that way now.
Another point of note was Mata’s presence on the bench. The official line is that the Spaniard is fatigued after a busy summer and travels to Latin America with the national team, but it does seem that the Special One has an unusual aversion to a Special Player.
Only Jose knows why. If Chelsea lacked anything it was that inventive, defence-splitting eye for a killer pass that Mata possesses. Mourinho also complained about Chelsea's poor passing after retrieving the ball. Surely Mata is the man to cement that hole?
Perhaps Mourinho is wary of Mata’s physical limitations; the look in his eye; something in the way he moves.
It was a strange state of affairs. Rooney, arguably, has done nothing in the past six months to warrant starting a match of such magnitude. Mata, meanwhile, has done it all. Men are not being judged on their actions, and one wonders how the respective dressing rooms view the selections.
For Rooney, the man-management of Moyes appears to have had an impact. He was sharp coming off the bench against Swansea, and had plenty of influence against a top side.
Mata must find out what Mourinho expects from him. He is too good a player to be on the sidelined in what is a key season for many reasons – the extra TV revenue, the post-Fergie era, the emergence of Tottenham as a potential force, the summer World Cup.
Maybe Rooney will end up at Chelsea after all, with Mata going the other way. Maybe the status quo will be protected. It is impossible to say, whatever the transfer gossip of the day.
Indeed, Moyes seemed happy to sow confusion by hinting United were in for Bale moments after the final whistle; in the post-match press conference he said no bid had been made. Confused? We were.
But one thing is certain, that both of these teams will be in the shakedown come May – who joins them is dependent on the next week’s business.
By Reda Maher / Follow on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport