Chelsea Manager José Mourinho Praises Wayne Rooney (PICTURES)

José Mourinho and his Chelsea squad touched down in Bangkok on Friday as the club begin their pre-season tour.

The Europa League winners face Singha All-Stars on Wednesday before games against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpar and the BNI Indonesia All-Stars in Jakarta.

Mourinho and his squad will then travel to the United States, where the Portuguese will face former club Internazionale in Indianapolis and AC Milan or Valencia in Miami, before the Blues' tour ends with a match in Miami.

Chelsea remain interested in signing Wayne Rooney although ironically, Mourinho and his players arrived shortly after Rooney left Manchester United's squad in Thailand with a hamstring injury.

"He's a player I like very much but I can't say more. He's fast and direct, but he is a Man United player," Mourinho said when asked about Rooney.