Press Association Mourinho revealed prior to Saturday’s match at Hull, when Chelsea could go top of the Premier League for a few hours at least, that Kevin De Bruyne is nearing a departure with two clubs close to agreeing a fee for the Belgium forward. There have been “zero bids” for Chelsea’s other players, despite rumours of moves for the likes of Spain playmaker Juan Mata, Mourinho insisted. The self-proclaimed Special One was adamant Eden Hazard will not be leaving Chelsea, amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain. The Belgium forward, who joined in the summer of 2012 from Lille, has been Chelsea’s best player this season. If Chelsea were prepared to sell – and Mourinho stressed they are not – a world record fee would be required. Mourinho said: “I am not worried because if his value was around £40million when Chelsea bought him, if two years later he is twice or three times better than he was when we bought him, I think his value in the market is a crazy value. “On top of that, he’s not a player Chelsea are interested in selling anyway. “Between our tag of ‘not to sell’, plus the crazy amount that he can be valued at in this moment, I think there’s no chance that Eden is going to leave.” Chelsea have been linked with numerous players during this month’s transfer window, despite Mourinho’s insistence a deal would be done only in exceptional circumstances and if the timing was right. Asked if he is interested in Porto striker Jackson Martinez and Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin on Friday, Mourinho responded “no”. The Blues had two bids for Rooney rejected in the summer and there has been speculation Mourinho is ready to take advantage to snare the England striker if United fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season. Asked about Rooney, who is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Old Trafford, Mourinho shook his head and insisted he was not prepared to speak about a player from a team Chelsea are scheduled to face at Stamford Bridge a week on Sunday. “I don’t want to speak about it,” Mourinho said. “We play Man United in a few days. I don’t think it’s nice to speak about a Man United player. “You have to ask him (Rooney). You have to ask the player. And Man United because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn’t end at the end of the season.” Mourinho does not anticipate United will struggle to finish in the top four, despite David Moyes’ men being five points adrift in seventh with 18 games left this season. “I don’t think they have a problem,” the Chelsea boss added. “In this moment they are not top four in the Premier League, but they can be at the end of the season. “A new manager, but a club with a fantastic culture of supporting the manager. “I don’t feel any problem for David. He works. Better results will arrive and he will be for many years in the club and will reach good results.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Friday refused to be drawn on reports of renewed interest in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Junior outfielder Matthew Acosta’s five RBIs led USC to victory over ASU Friday. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Sophomore infielder Spencer Torkelson gave ASU a 1-0 lead on a homer in the third inning. Sabol’s three hits added to the 14-hit attack for the Trojans, but Acosta led the charge with four, also collecting five RBIs on the night. The Trojans kicked off the weekend strong with a 10-6 victory Friday night. USC jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on RBI singles by junior outfielder Matthew Acosta in the first and third innings. Junior pitcher Chris Clarke closed out the victory with two scoreless innings in relief. Lunn credited the performance as a team effort. “[Scoring insurance runs] makes the pitchers way more at ease,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “They know that they can make a mistake and can overcome it. It allowed [junior pitcher] Connor [Lunn] to pitch with a lot more freedom.” USC will take on Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dedeaux Field. The 14-14 Titans defeated USC 10-4 in March, but Hubbs is hopeful after Sunday’s promising performance. USC won two out of three games against No. 7 Arizona State over the weekend. Despite the loss, the series victory against the Sun Devils was a positive sign for the Trojans, who move to 12-18 overall and 5-7 in conference play. When ASU made the score 6-3 in the top of the sixth, USC scored 3 more runs in the bottom half. Junior outfielder Brady Shockey scored when ASU catcher redshirt sophomore Sam Ferri made a throwing error on a double steal. Acosta doubled home Sabol, then stole home when Ferri tried to catch sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez stealing second. “I was just trying to pound the zone … let them get themselves out,” Lunn said. “[The defense] is huge, it gives me time to relax and just focus, and I know that the guys behind me will do what they do.” The Trojans battled. Owens’ 2-run single in the fifth, sophomore first baseman Jamal O’Guinn’s RBI double in the sixth and Owens’ first career home run in the seventh made it an 11-7 ballgame. On Saturday, the Trojans came back from a small deficit early to win 7-3. An opposite field home run by Perez in the seventh gave the Trojans their 10th run of the game. ASU’s 3-run homer in the ninth was too little too late, as junior pitcher Austin Manning shut the door. However, the lead was short-lived. Sabol tripled home Perez to knot things up at 1. Redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs followed with his third home run of the year — a moonshot to left field — for the 3-1 lead. It was one of the longest home runs hit by any Trojan all season. Lunn held one of the nation’s top offenses in check with 6.1 innings of 3-run ball. He was assisted often by incredible defense, highlighted by a SportsCenter-worthy home run robbery by Acosta in the third inning to steal 3 runs from ASU. The red-hot Acosta homered again in the seventh inning. As soon as he hit it, Acosta stopped, watched it sail and gave an emphatic bat flip before breaking into his home run trot. Perez tied the game with a triple in the second, but ASU took off from there. A 3-run home run from Torkelson helped the Sun Devils build an 11-3 lead. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Hurt started for USC, struggling through 3.1 innings and allowing 5 earned runs. Freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain allowed 4 runs in the fifth inning but would settle down to shut ASU out the rest of the way. After Stubbs struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth, O’Guinn walked to bring the winning run to the plate in Acosta, who lined out to right field to end the rally. A home run by ASU sophomore infielder Alika Williams tied it up in the sixth. Acosta homered in the same inning to put the Trojans up 4-3. An error on a bunt by senior infielder Chase Bushor scored Ramirez, and an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Clay Owens gave USC a 3-run lead. “Right off the bat, I thought it was gone,” Acosta said. “And then I was like, ‘I’ve got a chance for that,’ … I found the wall, got a good jump and I got that.” ASU cut its deficit to 2 in the top of the fourth, but USC fired back in the bottom half with 3 more runs. After senior infielder Brandon Perez hit an RBI triple and junior outfielder Blake Sabol provided an RBI groundout, Acosta again drove in a run on a single for a 6-1 Trojan lead. On Sunday, the Sun Devils avoided the sweep by defeating USC 11-8. Whenever ASU chipped into the lead, USC responded to keep the game out of reach. ASU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Stubbs answered with his second home run of the series, a solo shot. “We know they’re good,” Hubbs said Sunday. “If we have at bats like we did today and all weekend … we’re going to be in good shape.”