Jose Mourinho has warned players that being “second choice” at their club could damage their prospects of playing at the World Cup next summer.
The Chelsea manager was speaking two days after Manchester United rejected a bid from the Blues for Wayne Rooney.
The England forward, 27, was angered by a suggestion he could be back-up to Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.
“For a player to be selected for his country, normally he must be first choice at his club,” Mourinho said.
“He must play very regularly with the club and I think that’s the big motivation if they are thinking about the World Cup.
“So any player that wants to go to the World Cup, if they are a second choice in their club, they are in trouble… they are in trouble.
“So I think this is a crucial year for that and probably many national team coaches are worried because they want their players to play regularly in their teams.”
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