No wonder Jose Mourinho has a smile on his face; things have been falling into place pretty nicely for the Portuguese since his return to Stamford Bridge.
Having managed to successfully escape Real Madrid, a club and city where he no longer felt welcome, and engineer a return not only to his beloved England but also to the club where he really left his heart, the Chelsea boss is clearly enjoying himself.
Back where he belongs, Mourinho inherited not just a talented squad of players that is now bursting with youthful zest and animal hunger - one which doesn't need too much longer together to gel properly before reaping rewards - he has added to it himself by overseeing a couple of promising young signings so far this summer.
Blended in with a selection of highly experienced veterans, and when Mourinho boarded the plane to Thailand for the start of the Blue's pre-season tour, his playing roster was in rude health. Yet there is still something missing. Mourinho knows it, and so do we all: a striker, preferably in the (until a few days ago good) shape of Wayne Rooney.
It came as no surprise when on arrival in Bangkok, Mourinho made clear his admiration for Rooney, all the while being careful not to stray across the line into tapping-up territory. He's clearly learnt his lesson, an expensive one at that, from the Ashley Cole saga. Good on him.
Mourinho's words still managed to get to David Moyes though, and his message was clear as the British summer skies (of July 2013, at least): if Rooney wants out of Old Trafford, he can find a welcoming home in West London. But just in case Rooney hadn't quite got the gist, the Portuguese then waded in on the recent comments made by Moyes about Rooney playing back-up to Robin van Persie that prompted such "anger and confusion" last night.
“If Wayne is a second choice for Man United, then the national team will be affected," Mourinho said, stopping short of turning to the cameras, addressing the watching Rooney with a pointed digit and seductively purring: "I'd never leave you on the bench at Chelsea, Wayne, come and join me. Join me."
Rooney's relationship with United has, of course, come off the rails of its own accord - there are limits to Mourinho's influence, after all - but the Portuguese, while sitting back and watching things unravel from afar, is well set to capitalise on events at Old Trafford. Safe in the knowledge that he is wanted on the Fulham Road, another transfer request from Rooney is just around the corner and once it lands on Moyes's desk, Mourinho will be there to pounce.
So far Mourinho has played the whole thing both coolly and with no little expertise. His plan, assuming he had one, is coming together like a dream. If he now can cap all this long-distance manoeuvring with an actual deal for Rooney, Chelsea's pre-season preparations could not really have panned out much better. Does anyone really care whether Chelsea beat the BNI Indonesia All-Stars if they can start the season with a blue-shirted Rooney up front?
He might have only been in the job officially for a week, but already Mourinho's influence is resonating around the Premier League, even more so in the absence of his old foe Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes is a seasoned Premier League campaigner and Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini has been wily operator in La Liga, but while both have experience of facing Mourinho, neither boast the credentials of Fergie in terms of this kind of off-field warfare. That will serve a potential headache for both clubs ahead of the big kick-off.
But what of poor Rooney, the player who has been left so traumatised by his treatment by United?
Whoever leaked his feelings to the media has really gone to town - "anger" and "confusion" reigns in every one of this morning's papers, most notably in The Sun's main front page splash.
But really, Rooney should feel neither anger, nor confusion. His performances last season were understandably eclipsed by those of Van Persie and his previous grab-a-match-by-the-scruff-of-its-neck influence has been on the wane for some time. He feels he still has a great deal to offer at the age of 27 - he undoubtedly does - but to make that a reality at United, his heart has to be in it. And his one confirmed transfer request gives the impression his heart has been elsewhere since 2010.
Feelings of anger would, however, be entirely justified in the stands of Old Trafford, from the people who have lined Rooney's pocket since his £25.6 million move from Everton back in 2004. They forgave his initial transgression but a second lapse will be a bridge too far for many fans, who have been waiting all summer - and are still waiting - to hear Rooney's thoughts.
Instead, he has maintained a public silence and we have all been forced to feed off scraps from 'sources close to him' and pure speculation to glean an idea of the inner workings of his mind. That is no way to win back those who used to adore him.
So it appears the distance between Rooney and United - both figuratively and literally, given that he is in Manchester and his team-mates are in the Far East - is now far too great for those fans to hope for any kind of reconciliation. The point of no return has been reached for Rooney and a new club awaits.
And, if he really is as aggrieved as the latest reports suggest and he is this way inclined, what better way to stick two fingers up at those he feels have wronged him than to join Mourinho at Chelsea?
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FOREIGN VIEW: Great Britain's men narrowly missed out on emulating their female counterparts in the gold medal match at the World University Games in Kazan. Team GB lost 3-2 in extra-time of an absolute corker of a match against France, having come from two down with send the game into an additional period with an injury-time leveller. The French netted what proved to be the winner in the second period of extra-time, but women's gold and men's silver constitutes a thoroughly successful trip to Russia for the students.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “People are not interested in personal issues, but Pep was not accurate and I was surprised. Nobody on the board has used my illness against him. I am delighted by the treatment of the board, they have helped me and are my family, they were concerned about me. We met in New York the first time I went over. When I was there for two months for treatment, I did not see him and it was not my fault. He is my friend and I needed him and he was not there. I would have acted differently. I will not answer any more on this matter. And if I have is it because the other day there was a reference made to me." - Current Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova on his worsening relationship with "friend" and predecessor Pep Guardiola.
COMING UP: Mourinho will take charge of Chelsea for the first time - for a second time - in a friendly against the Singha All Stars, while Arsenal take on Vietnam and Celtic meet Cliftonville. We've got live comments on all three games. Eurobot will be fired up as usual and Jim White will file at some stage this afternoon, no doubt with his views on Rooney.