Ahead of Wayne Rooney’s testimonial, Jose Mourinho sung the praises of his captain, and talked up what a valuable role he plays in the team.

He’s a goalscorer, basically. The number of goals he’s scored for the international team and for the club is an amazing number. Apart from that, he does other things. He’s not the kind of player who if he doesn’t score a goal he doesn’t perform for the team. I think his mentality, I know now from the inside, is an incredible team mentality. He’s a team player with some fantastic stats.

He’s a great player and a great captain. It’s easy to feel that he is a team man. In this moment, he’s a club man too. He has maturity, experience, still a few good years at a high level, so I want to enjoy that side to side with him. Before I had to worry about him.

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